*This review may contain some spoilers, so read at your own risk.*
So I haven't actually finished The Healer's Apprentice yet, but I think I've read en...more*This review may contain some spoilers, so read at your own risk.*
So I haven't actually finished The Healer's Apprentice yet, but I think I've read enough to write a review.
Well, the story (which I won through the firstreads giveaway) wasn't exactly what I expected. I'm not saying that I'm disappointed, just that the book wasn't what I expected.
Plot: Well this book is a retelling of the fairy-tale Sleeping Beauty. At first while I was reading it I thought to myself, "What in the world does this have to do with Sleeping Beauty?" And that's when I figured out the "twist." It was pretty obvious.
Anyway, it follows a girl named Rose, who is apprenticed to a healer (hence the name of the book) and daughter to a woodcutter, so she's pretty low on the social totem pole. She falls in love with Lord Hamlin, but for most of the story she gets courted by his brother, Lord Rupert. Yeah, that's about it. The beginning of the book bored me to tears, the middle was pretty good, and then towards the end it bored me again, after Hamlin confessed his love to Rose. At that point I was just like, "Please, please, just get married and let's be over and done with this already. Ugh."
The Characters: Well, I rathered liked the characters. I liked Rose, and even though some reviewers said they found her wishy-washy I thought she was very realistic and believeable. I guess they didn't like how she was always second guessing Lord Rupert and his motives, and how she had to tell herself she loved him when really she didn't. But I found that it just made her seem more like a real girl. I completely understood how she felt. I mean, she wanted Hamlin, but she felt she couldn't have him (cuz he was already betrothed to Lady Salomea, I forgot to mention that part) so the next best thing was Rupert.
It did annoy me how she never liked to be seen with Rupert out in public, but that was just the way she was. It was one of her characteristics. Annoying, but it made her real.
I really loved Gunther, even though he was just a side character. And I liked Rupert. I liked Rupert over Hamlin actually, although Hamlin was a better person I suppose.
Overall Feeling: I'm not sure I'd read this book a second time, but I did rather enjoy it. Yeah, it was boring at some points, but it was still a cute story. I'm not a big fan of Christian lit cuz I always feel like the Christian parts are slathered on too thick, and when I found out this was a Christian book I was a bit wary. But thankfully it has just the right ammount of Christian bits, so really I think even those that aren't Christian could enjoy this book. This is definitely something I'll be recommending to my romance-novel-loving-friends.(less)
*Whoops. When I first wrote this review I forgot to add that I won this book from Goodreads's Firstreads Giveaway. Well, I'm addin' it now.
Alright, so...more*Whoops. When I first wrote this review I forgot to add that I won this book from Goodreads's Firstreads Giveaway. Well, I'm addin' it now.
Alright, so...Knight Angels...what did I think...?
Well, I read a lot of reviews that say it is better than Twilight, but I don't particularly agree.
I mean, there wasn't as much purple prose, but it was still just as sappy.
Anyway, this is what the book's about: It follows four teens: Jane, her sister Emily, their friend Wes, and the mysterious new kid in town, Max. Now, all of these kids have some sort of special ability, and all of them have been keeping their abilities under wraps, but it's their abilities that bind them together. Yeah, I basically just regurgitated back out what it says on the back cover of the book. But that really is what the book's about. Not that much happens...
Now, let me go on to list all the things I don't like about this book.
Number 1: The characters. I really didn't like Jane. I didn't like how she treated Wes. I mean, I just feel like she was a complete...bitch. Like, she was leading him on. She didn't have to do that. She should've just told Wes straight up that she wasn't interested, instead of having sex with him. I mean, WTF!? Also, whenever I picture Jane, I always picture Bella Swan. I feel like they were just so alike. But I don't know, I think I disliked Jane more than Bella...
Another thing about Jane, she just came off so selfish to me, and I really didn't like that. She was a bad friend to Wes and a bad sister to Emily, all she really cared about was herself and her own problems and Max. But then again, I guess that did make her more of a realistic character...
Next, Emily. I just didn't like Emily for her whole "bad girl/slut" persona. I mean, why the hell did she dress that way? I never fully understood why. And she got angry at Jane cuz Jane assumed that she lost her virginity at 14, but when you go tramping around like a freakin' whore what do you expect!? I also didn't like Emily's drug use problem. I honestly think she could've come up with alternative ways to drown out other's thoughts (she's psychic, just in case you didn't know). Like, I don't know, maybe music. She could've used that. But really, I feel like if someone is born with the ability to read minds then they should adapt to it pretty quickly. If all you've ever known is other's thoughts in your head, then you wouldn't have to drown them out. It would be commonplace.
Next we go on to Max. Max was okay actually. I just didn't like his cocky attitude. I also don't like this "bad boy" trend in YA books. I mean, why do YA authors feel the need to have bad boys in their stories? What's the appeal? Bad on the outside, good on the inside? Please. I remember once I watched an interview with Becca Fitz-something, the author of Hush Hush, and one of the questions was "what made you come up the character of Patch", or something like that. And Becca said, "I wanted the ultimate bad boy." No joke, she said that. I literally rolled my eyes.
Next character I didn't like, Wes. I actually liked Wes in the beginning, but then near the end he really started to annoy me. I just found it so petty and stupid how he and Max had this little rivalry or whatever you wanna call it going on. There's one specific thing in the book that he did that really irked me. Let me see if I can find it... Here we go:
"I hadn't put my shirt back on, but that was how I'd meant it to play out. I wanted one more chance to irritate Max (all he accomplished was to irritate me, though >.>), and then I swore to stop. Jane turned back, looking at me with a noticeable hint of awe. I held the shirt in my hands, twisting it as though I was struggling to put it on, though that was hardly the point. Max's face was less that impressed.
Beat that, Max."
After reading that I literally thought, wow. I can't believe Ms. Ebner put that in her book. How stupid and pathetic and petty. And all this after he decided he was in love with Emily. If he's in love with Emily, then why's he trying to show off for Jane? Which brings me to another point, which I will touch on later.
I still have to talk about the last character I don't like, the antagonist, Greg. I don't like him for 1) his lame name, 2) the whole lameness air he's got going in general and 3) the fact that he is literally an evil twin. Yes, you are allowed to roll your eyes.
Jeez, this review is getting long. I'm getting tired.
Anyway, I have to list the second reason I don't like this book: the relationships. They all seemed fake to me. Especially the relationship between Wes and Emily. I mean, just about all his life, Wes was "in love" with Jane. Then, one day Emily helps him, and he decides he's in love with her. Yeah...cuz things work that way...
Honestly, I don't think anyone was in love with anyone else in this book. It was all just infatuation. But whatever.
Number 3: the whole angel thing in general. I just didn't like the idea. I mean, human's becoming angels once they die? That's a dumbass idea. Especially letting people like Greg (murderers) become angels. I mean, what the hell kinda sense...!?
Anyway, there are a few other things that I didn't like about this book, but I'm an impatient person, and this review is just getting to long for me. :P Besides, I'd be here forever if I wrote about everything.
But don't get me wrong, the book was enjoyable. It's like a soap opra, like Twilight, and if you liked Twilight you might like Knight Angels. And I myself might read the 2nd book. Might. If I win it in a giveaway like I did this one then I will, if not...meh. I can live without it. :)(less)