OH MY GOSH. I feel totally out of it. I didn't expect Angel to be out so soon. I'M SO PUMPED TO READ IT. I might just have to re read the series to refr...moreOH MY GOSH. I feel totally out of it. I didn't expect Angel to be out so soon. I'M SO PUMPED TO READ IT. I might just have to re read the series to refresh my memory, but I'm not complaining about that. I love this series. It's hilarious, exciting, and it keeps me on my feet. I can't wait! For a second there, I thought Max was Angel on the cover and I was like, Whoa, when did Angel get so old? Then I see this cute little girl in the corner. There she is! Hahaha fail.(less)
I just finished this book a few minutes ago, and I'm trying to wrap my head around it all in an attempt to write a review that's not completely full o...moreI just finished this book a few minutes ago, and I'm trying to wrap my head around it all in an attempt to write a review that's not completely full of angst and hate.
I picked up this book because a good friend of mine recommended it to me. Seeing as we have similar tastes in books, I decided to give this one a go. Besides, it was on my "to read" bookshelf for a while. I started it and I was very much intrigued with the idea of love being a disease, and I thought that I would really like this book.
It turns out I really really hated this book.
A few pages in, I was half-annoyed at the author's writing style in that she had a habit of using second person narration in many of her pages. I don't usually mind it if it's done once or twice in any given book, but it got to the ridiculous point that she would switch from first person narration to second person narration within the same sentence.
Even still, I kept on going because I thought the whole second person narration thing was a personal preference. So I kept on going.
Lena, the protagonist, turned out to be the single most annoying female protagonist I have ever read, and I would put her up to par with Bella Swan. She shared similarities with Bella in many ways. It was annoying.
First of, I don't know what Lena looks like, aside from that she's 5'2" and short. Juxtaposing to Alex, the love interest, she's as plain and normal as she could get. Yet, she describes Alex as someone with hair the color of autumn leaves, with eyes honey golden, who was taller than her by a head and a half. Bella, as I was comparing Lena to, hardly describes herself, yet she takes the time to describe Edward's and Jacob's pristine beauty every chance she gets. If I had a nickel for each time Lena says the word "autumn" to describe Alex, I would be rich. It certainly puts Bella's overarching descriptions of Edward and Jacob to shame.
Secondly, as soon as she sees Alex and begins to go around him, she becomes weak and dependent on him (Personally, I do enjoy a strong female protagonist who doesn't cry every time their boyfriend isn't with them). She literally spends every waking moment thinking about him, whether she's with him or not. I have read through three or four agonizing pages of just Lena talking about how many more minutes until she gets to see autumn-haired Alex. Girl, come on. I understand that she's new to the whole love thing, but she really didn't have to spend half of the book talking about how much love she felt for Alex.
And after they began spending time together (just as a side they've known each other, tops, for three months? Maybe less?), Lena goes out of her way to say this irksome sentence: "We kiss so much that when we're not kissing it feels weird, like I get used to breathing through his lips and into his mouth." And to add to that, she also says somewhere later in the book that she wants to be curled up in his organs so she'll be with him wherever he's going. Alex, on the other hand, just kisses her and tells her how beautiful she is. Even though I didn't read any of Alex's dialogue that directly addresses that point, I know he always calls her that because Lena eventually said how she forgot that she feels plain sometimes because Alex always calls her beautiful. She's useless when she's not around him, and when she is around him, they apparently don't have the time other than kissing because Lena feels weird when they don't kiss.
About half way through the book, I eventually gave up reading every single word of the novel because of how much filler was placed in the pages. I could skip a whole page and still understand what was happening (It's usually something along the lines of how much Lena misses Alex's soft lips or whatever). I skimmed the second half of the book and I hit myself over the head for not skimming the first half of the book. I could have saved the precious time I could be spending to read a decent book. The only reason why I didn't put this book down half way through was because I read the ending and I wanted to see how (view spoiler)[Alex got captured and if he died or not. I thought it'd be a lot more thrilling if he did die. (hide spoiler)]
So that review turned out more angsty that I planned, but I don't really care. The plot was weak; the only excitement was when Lena got hit over the head with a club, and that didn't last very long. There was so much filler and scenes that were so incredibly unnecessary that I wondered how Oliver's editors managed to skip those and pushed the book through publication with this draft. I can see this book be - easily - less than 200 pages long if all that nonsense was taken out. There was no central conflict that could have moved the book along; the only conflict was a problem established before the book and that was with love being a disease. Other than that, nothing. This book could have had so much potential if it was told in the right way, and it makes me sad that it turned out the way it did.
So in short: Weak plot, weak and ambiguous female protagonist, lack of conflict, superficial romance. The only tolerable character was Gracie, and she said 5 words through the whole book.
I mourn for the lost time I could have been reading acceptable books. I also mourn for the hundreds of trees that got killed to print this book. It astonishes me how many people gave this book a good rating.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)