Ugh, what a terrible piece of crap this book was. I read till page 62 and decided to give it up—the writing was poor and shoddy, the plot subpar and tUgh, what a terrible piece of crap this book was. I read till page 62 and decided to give it up—the writing was poor and shoddy, the plot subpar and the narrator, a whiny little bitch, for lack of a better word. And the whole unrequited love plot with Tobias—utterly sickening. The prose was repetitious, sometimes literally repeating phrases that had just been used a few paragraphs prior. The characters were one dimensional and stereotypical. It was ridiculous crap. What a waste of time! ...more
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 frUgh. 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. ...more
Excellent read, well-written, beautiful prose with a highly detailed plot and realistic, human, fascinating characters. I loved delving further and fuExcellent 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. ...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 f**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!...more
I really, really, really wanted to like this book. I tried to hang on to finish it, especially because it was more novella sized than novel sized, butI really, really, really wanted to like this book. I tried to hang on to finish it, especially because it was more novella sized than novel sized, but after 130-something pages, I just didn't want to read it anymore. I didn't care what happened because I was so bored.
This book and some of its elements reminded me of "Coraline", another DNF book that bored me. (I did, however, love the movie "Coraline".) I just couldn't get into either of them, nor did I ever feel as if I really understood what was going on. I think I would have been more on board if there had been a more in depth exploration and backstory of Lettie and the Hempstock women—the only really interesting characters in the story. ...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**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. ...more
**spoiler alert** OMG, where do I start? This is a book that had such great potential—a fairly compelling summary and teaser, with good mysterious ele**spoiler alert** OMG, where do I start? This is a book that had such great potential—a fairly compelling summary and teaser, with good mysterious elements to start. But the truth was, it was poorly written—and poorly edited—, with repetitious phrases and words (ever heard of a thesaurus, Yelena Black? Yelena Black's editor?), weak, vapid one-dimensional characters, a ridiculous love triangle, incoherent descriptions of action, especially during the last few chapters of "La Danse de Feu"—pathetic, verbose, rambling nonsense. Vanessa shouldn't even be considered the "heroine" of the novel; instead, she came of as the victim, as well as a clueless, self-absorbed moron who, instead even trying to possess any critical reasoning skills, says "What do you mean?" a ton of times and blows of Justin in spite of how many times he tries to tell her something isn't right about NYBA. I cannot imagine this weak, victim character continuing onto a second story where she's going to hunt a demon and save her sister or "die trying" as the book's last line states. No way in hell, she'll chicken out and then the big, strong man, Justin—a character whom Vanessa is both repulsed by and attracted to—to save her life.
I absolutely hated a lot about this novel, but I had to give it at least two stars because it was mildly entertaining and during some sections, a compelling, mysterious read. But it was also lacking in many areas. It had a meandering plot with very little resolution—just because a book is part of a series, why can't it be self-contained? I was extremely disappointed and annoyed that after nearly 400 pages of eye-rolling bullshit, Vanessa didn't find her missing sister Margaret, nor was she even close. Elly's disappearance wasn't solved either, and nothing with Helen was ever explained fully. Also, why did Justin dump water on Elly in the first place? I hated how after something would happen Vanessa would always run off to tell someone—her group of boring friends with dumb names or her creepy, zoned out boyfriend with his freaking metallic eyes—no matter how outlandish the event was. And she was always believed. Come on. "There are weird, painted figures of girls on the walls in the basement, and they danced with me and only I can see them and one of them looks like my sister!" This, is what's supposed to be a regular ballet school where nothing occult-ish should be happening. But everyone just accepts it with very little reaction or exclamation of, "gee, I think you should be committed!"
Then there was the whole thing with the "Lyric Elite"—the whole nothing, as it turned out. I was so disappointed to discover this cool sounding group were also a bunch of morons, apparently. I think I was expecting the Fratelli twins to be magic or something, but they were also just idiots. When they finally speak at the end, they reveal they're not even the Lyric Elite, and the Lyric Elite—some mysterious group of magical something or other dancers—couldn't be bothered to looked into all the strange disappearances over the last twenty years at NYBA. Maybe Helen was totally off her rocker when she told Vanessa to "trust no one but the Lyric Elite". It's too bad there wasn't more about Helen; she was really the only interesting, worthwhile character.
The villains, really? Josef and Hilda, duking it out over which one of them is going to call the demon? Zep? Anna the only one able to come out of her trance? What a bunch of shit.
Overall, I found the plot to idiotic, the characters weak and underdeveloped, the relationships laughable, and potential for a great story wasted and hidden under mass marketed, "dumbed-down for the kids" and "I want to get on the occult band wagon" teenage crap. I'm just disgusted and annoyed. It always sucks when you think you're getting into a good plot and it all falls apart at the end. Read at your own risk....more