How many people read this book because they COULDN'T FLIPPIN WAIT AND WAS JUST SOOO EXCITED? How many people read this because they...moreOkay, show of hands.
How many people read this book because they COULDN'T FLIPPIN WAIT AND WAS JUST SOOO EXCITED? How many people read this because they saw it in the store, and was like "There's a fourth one? Hmmmm"? How many just read this book because it was available to them free through Simon & Schuster's galley grab?
I was the latter. I read the original trilogy a couple years back and I was largely unimpressed. I thought it kind of cliched and melodramatic. I also am not a big fan of Chandler's writing style, which is very similar to L.J. Smith's in that it is very impersonal and dated. Perhaps if I was teen in the 90's I would have loved these books, but there is much deeper and richer paranormal fiction that has been published since then, and the original trilogy pales in comparison.
This new installment is much of the same. Chandler's writing has not evolved much. The gap was only one year for her characters, ten years for her readers. In the original trilogy, there were no cell phones and no GPS, but in attempt to make her work seem more modern, Chandler lays on the technological references so much that it seemed unnatural and not intrinsic to the story.
I see no reason for why this story was continued. It was over and done with no impending loose ends or cliff hangers to prompt its continuation. Perhaps it is the success of the re-publication of the first three books that prompted it.
Ivy still is kind of obnoxious, the little goody-two-shoes that she is. She was perfect, soooooo kind and soooo beautiful, that it is hard to identify with her. Too perfect in that she is boring. I am not friends with boring people in real life. I like my friends loud, obnoxious, and interesting. In real life, Ivy and I would not be friends.
And I feel bad for Will, her current boyfriend, because it is obvious to everyone that she is leading him on. For some reason, Ivy cannot get over the death of her late boyfriend, Tristan, who died over a year before (in their universe at least) in a horrific intentional accident, which is a stupendous oxymoron. Wasn't the whole point of the first three books for Ivy and Tristan to find their closure? If its was closed, why did Chandler feel the need to open it back up? Leave the scab alone, woman. We don't want to see this bloody, puss-filled mess again.
Like I said, much of the same. Ivy is confused and pining, Beth (did Chandler name her after herself) does her psychic stuff, Will kind of follows Ivy around, there are new, frivolous characters that act as filler, there is a new mysterious guy; Tristan is missing, he doesn't get his own page time, and Lacey is kind of irrelevant but pops into the novel whenever she feels the need. It was an obvious filler installment, with a (painful to some) cliffhanger, and more loose ends than a chewed-up rug.
Unnecessary. If you really liked the original Kissed by an Angel trilogy, you'll probably like this one. If you didn't particularly care for the original trilogy, or would like to leave it as is, then you are not missing much. (less)
This book took me a while to read. Normally, I devour sequels in a day, but this took me four. I just couldn't get into it. I would have to grudgingly...moreThis book took me a while to read. Normally, I devour sequels in a day, but this took me four. I just couldn't get into it. I would have to grudgingly set aside time to read it, just because I wanted to finish it and move on. I don't know what it was about this book that made me lose interest, but I have a few ideas. This book spent absolutely no time reiterating past events. This is in no way a stand-alone. So, if you want this to be your first Blue Bloods book, good luck. Even if you have read every previous book in the series (like me), you might want to re-read them prior to reading this one. I got lost a lot. There were many instance where I felt the author had just gave out a clue to a puzzle, but it went just over my head. I am still not invested in the characters. Maybe its the multiple perspective chapters, or the third-person point of view, but I just don't feel particularly attached to the characters. I don't care who Schuyler (what a weirdly spelled name) ends up with, and I have a strong dislike of Bliss. The only character I remotely like is Mimi, and she managed to progress through out the book. I don't know. This book was just all-right for me. By far the best part of it is the elegantly-crafted vampire lore, and just wish the author would cut out all the Gossip Girl-type nonsense. We get it. They're rich. They live fabulous lives I can't even dream of. De la Cruz should stick to the supernatural, as that is pretty strong. (less)
I must say, I rushed like a tornado through this book to get to the end, and will most likely re-read it to pick up what I missed. This was a thrillin...moreI must say, I rushed like a tornado through this book to get to the end, and will most likely re-read it to pick up what I missed. This was a thrilling conclusion to an exciting series. These books are good if you are trying to pass the time with some kick-butt thrills. However the writing style isn't fantastic, and this one felt particularly rushed as it had many spelling and gramatical errors. The characters were also fairly dramatic and would have detailed, repetitive conversations about their feelings during epic battles. It felt that the author was trying to jam anything she could possibly think up in the plot. The plot was complex though (if mildly predictable) and had many mentions to the previous books, so you might want to read them again. I have to say the end satisfied, and the series is good if your expectations aren't too high. If you are already into the trilogy, this one won't disappoint. (less)
Yes, this book is very Twilight-esque. Patch and Nora are even biology partners. My teenage girl self loved this book. The more logical part didn't li...moreYes, this book is very Twilight-esque. Patch and Nora are even biology partners. My teenage girl self loved this book. The more logical part didn't like it. For one, some parts just seemed completely unrealistic. Like when Vee calls in a bomb threat? I don't know about that. Two years ago there was a bomb threat at my school, and everybody was freaking out, with police cars and everything. The day the bomb was supposed to go off, some parents even kept their kids home. Obviously, nothing happened, but the on-campus pay phones were disconnected as a result. Other things were just too coincedental and were obvious plot devices. I loved the characters, but didn't believe in the romance between Nora and Patch. For her it was just lust, and other than that, no real romance. I also think Fitzpatrick got to the supernatural stuff a little to late in the book. Fitzpatrick was also given the chance to make some kick-butt scenes, but seemed to shy away from the hard fantasy-battle stuff. Yes, it was very entertaining, but that's all it was. It does have potential, though. (less)
This was a great, entertaining first novel in what is sure to be an enthralling series for teens. This book is made for teenage girls, obviously, but...moreThis was a great, entertaining first novel in what is sure to be an enthralling series for teens. This book is made for teenage girls, obviously, but any teenage girl will find something to enjoy in it. There is fashion, cliques, good vs. evil, vampires, mystery, a tad of romance, history, and chills all around. There is plenty of brand dropping, which is the part of the novel I liked the least, but the vampire lore was some of the best I read. There was plenty of surprises, I kept changing who I thought the bad guy was, so I doubt you will get bored. Anyway, there is great groundwork for even better books in the series. (less)
I really do enjoy this series. The plot is really good and intricate, with surprises on every page. The vampire lore is also very interesting and orig...moreI really do enjoy this series. The plot is really good and intricate, with surprises on every page. The vampire lore is also very interesting and original. The writing isn't the best though, and I'm not a fan of all the fashion brands mentioned everywhere. I'm not invested in the characters, and couldn't care less what happens to them. I am interested in the plot though, and will continue to read the series to see where it goes. (less)
One thing I absolutely love about this series is the interesting take on vampires. Fallen angels? Brilliant. I thought all the lore was woven fantasti...moreOne thing I absolutely love about this series is the interesting take on vampires. Fallen angels? Brilliant. I thought all the lore was woven fantastically, incorporating historical events that actually make sense. The series itself is like Twilight meets Gossip Girl. I think the whole high-society aspect of it is a tad uneccesary. I don't need my nose rubbed in how rich these characters are. I don't need paragraph long descriptions of their designer clothing and fancy homes. I also dislike how all the characters are all attractive and can be models whenever they feel like it. If de la Cruz got rid of all this nonsense, the series would be great. The drama between all the characters I like however, because it keeps the series going and adds filler between the revelations (points for using the title). I am highly anticipating the next one, but that still means I will probably wait until it comes out in paperback to buy it. (less)
I decided to read this book because I saw my friend reading it and I'm always searching for someone to discuss books with. But, eh, this book was okay...moreI decided to read this book because I saw my friend reading it and I'm always searching for someone to discuss books with. But, eh, this book was okay. I thought the romance was sappy and something out of a soap opera. The "thrills" were predictable, but it was all clean. No sex or cussing, so its safe for young readers, which is always refreshing. I didn't find the characters worth remembering and I couldn't care less if they died. I also found it hilarious how they treated the cat as a person. This book is sweet enough, and good for those looking for a nice, quiet read. (less)