Ugh. So disappointed in this book/series! The first in the series was charming and fun, right up until the last few chapters where the witches went fr...moreUgh. So disappointed in this book/series! The first in the series was charming and fun, right up until the last few chapters where the witches went from being witches to freaking ancient goddesses from Asgard from 5,000 years ago.
This book didn't even try to be charming. It was pure drivel from the get go, juvenile and sloppy. I have to wonder where this author's editor is and who it is who is letting her getting away with such utter crap. I managed about 60-70 pages and then just threw up my hands. Unfortunately I paid full price for this at Barnes and Noble (because I *had* been excited to keep reading the series), but I just donated it to my local library because there was no way in hell I'm reading any more of this book or any more from Melissa de la Cruz. (less)
Excellent read, well-written, beautiful prose with a highly detailed plot and realistic, human, fascinating characters. I loved delving further and fu...moreExcellent read, well-written, beautiful prose with a highly detailed plot and realistic, human, fascinating characters. I loved delving further and further into these characters' lives and relationships, as well as watching each separate subplot dovetail the closer to the end of the novel I went. I was also pleased with the spare amount of romance in the story—just enough for a tease without becoming some full-blown Harlequin romance (always appreciated). Looking forward to reading the next book in the series. (less)
**spoiler alert** 3.5 stars, really. I wanted to read this mainly because of the TV show on Lifetime—which started last summer. (Like the show, it's f...more**spoiler alert** 3.5 stars, really. I wanted to read this mainly because of the TV show on Lifetime—which started last summer. (Like the show, it's fairly entertaining, as was this book up to a certain point. And as many things, the TV plot is very different that the novel's plot.) I wholly enjoyed this book up until the totally off-kilter nonsense near the end about the gods and goddesses of Asgard and the broken bridge and the total blah blah crap that made up the last few chapters. Honestly, I couldn't picture any of the descriptions of the happenings within the Tree of Life or the dealings with Loki/Bran; it just seemed like tacked on crap that made me wonder if this author's editor was taking acid while "editing" this book. The very last chapter got the readers back to the characters that I enjoyed reading about throughout the novel, though the ending itself was sappy-sickly sweet with "virginal witch" Ingrid letting herself "go" (after apparently 5,000 years)—letting her hair down, literally, and starting to fall in love for the first time. Also, there was the sudden, strange and inexplicable return of Freya's twin who accuses her current and true love of setting him up 5,000 years ago in Asgard—for destroying the bridge that connected Asgard to Midgard (the current Earth we all live on and where the most of the former gods and goddesses are "stranded" and are now warlocks and witches).
All of that said, I thought the book was a fun read, very sexy and romantic but also (up until a certain point) a decent mystery. (This is up until those last chapters when the author decided to tell rather than show—I hate that, the random, tacked on expository endings of fairly decent plots. I would have honestly rather the author started the book with that stupid chapter that tells the reader that the Beauchamp women are actually goddesses from Asgard, etc., etc., rather than just witches with supernatural abilities, etc., since the way it's revealed is just, well, see above—the "acid" part.)
I did buy the second in the series and have begun reading it, but unfortunately I've already started rolling my eyes. The first chapter is a shoddy rehashing of everything that happened in the first book (making me wonder, why did I read the first book?) and the next chapter finds Freya suspicious of Killian (since at the end of the last book when her twin, Fryr/Freddie returned, he accused Balder/Killian of setting him up 5,000 years ago) and decides within these first few pages that Freddie must be right and that Killian is probably evil and will cause her death. So I guess I'll have to see how it turns out, if I can stand it.
If you're looking for a fast, fun, mostly light read, this is a good book to pick up for that. But I do suggest just skipping the last few chapters and then just picking up the second book and reading the summary of events just to spare yourself those "WTF WAS THAT?! WAS THE AUTHOR AND EDITOR ON ACID?!" moments.
I should also just state, for the record, that I did buy the first book in the "Blue Bloods" series but decided not to read it because the main character's name was Schulyer (that was a girl, in high school, I think). Since Blue Bloods (vampire royalty in NYC) are referenced in this book, I can honestly say I don't think I was missing out not reading that series. I think I gleaned everything I needed to know about the Blue Bloods from the few sentences provided in this story. Relieved!(less)
**spoiler alert** Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did the first. The writing and plotting were sloppy and the whole thing sort of...more**spoiler alert** Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did the first. The writing and plotting were sloppy and the whole thing sort of felt dumbed down and just a huge rehashing of what had happened in the first book. Even the ending was practically the same: Lena Claims herself to be both Light and Dark at the end of this one, and in the first book, she sort of ends up both Light and Dark but *without* actually Claiming herself. Also, Abraham, Sarafine and Hunting all get away again. I was pretty sure that Lena had killed them all at the end of the first book (not Abraham, who wasn't in it, but Larkin), but in this book it turns out they are very much alive. I think this one had way too many characters all crammed into one space.
Honestly, much of the plot felt farfetched and required the extremes of suspending your disbelief, an overall effect which came off as forced. In the first book, you the reader gets information about the goings-on pretty much as they are happening in the present and at the same moment Ethan, the narrator, so you're basically choosing to accept the information as he is, whether or not he fully understands it all. But in this one, the information kept getting more ridiculous and out there. I absolutely despised Liv, as well as when the book goes out of Ethan's POV to show the return of Abraham and apparently the now Mortal Ridley releasing John Breed out of the retrieved Arclight. I also didn't like Lena in this book; in the first one, she had a better reason to be kind of whiny and bratty, but in this book, that got old really fast. I guess I could excuse that as Ethan did—when he *finally* found out the reason Lena had become so distant: because she was certain she'd killed Macon in exchange for Ethan's life.
I don't know, it just seems like Lena has no spine and is just this constant damsel in distress waiting for Ethan to swoop in and save her. And on that note, Ethan is always running headlong into trouble and waiting on Amma to come and save him. It's getting old.
I already purchased book three, "Beautiful Chaos" but I'm sort of on the fence about continuing the series/saga. Book two was so disappointing and kind of lame. Already crossing my fingers they don't make book two into a movie. (less)
What a disappointing mess. I know I'd said I'd give it till page 50, but I literally can't imagine trying to wrap my head around anymore of this alien...moreWhat a disappointing mess. I know I'd said I'd give it till page 50, but I literally can't imagine trying to wrap my head around anymore of this alien terminology. This book really deserves a rewrite—if it was striped down to language that *actually made sense* and yet still sounded like it could fit in a Victorian-era, Steampunk type of fantasy/Alternate Universe type of world, I think this book would be amazing.
There should also really be a glossary at the beginning (or end) of the novel, stating what everything is/are, from "Mentaths" to "forensic sorcerers" to "aerthic energy" to "Shields" and so on. With the first chapter, I thought we the readers were getting thrown right into the action and then the next chapter would "take a step back" so to speak, either offering background to catch us up or *actually explaining* what some of this, for lack of a better word, crap was.
Overall, I'm very disappointed, as I had such high hopes for this based on the premise. (less)
This book turned out to be very good. When I first started it, I wasn't taken with it, and even as I continued to read, the entire goings-on of it see...moreThis book turned out to be very good. When I first started it, I wasn't taken with it, and even as I continued to read, the entire goings-on of it seemed overly strange and disconnected. But I kept reading, and before I knew it I was completely hooked and found it very challenging to put the book down. (less)
I was so excited to read this, but unfortunately it's not an exciting read. I held on for past the requisite 50 pages and found myself bored. I'd stil...moreI was so excited to read this, but unfortunately it's not an exciting read. I held on for past the requisite 50 pages and found myself bored. I'd still like to read it but only as an audiobook, maybe. Maybe not.
Ever since I read Aimee Bender's collection of short stories, "The Girl In the Flammable Shirt" (which I loved to pieces), I've hoped to find this level of love for her other works but I keep ending up disappointed. I hated "Willful Creatures" (of what I did manage to read) and now there's this. I had such high expectations and again, absolutely no delivery (up to about page 55 or so). I really didn't like any of the characters, and all I kept thinking was how Rose was just going to starve to death eventually or go insane while trying to eat. (less)