I'm not quite sure what to say here. I raced through this monster of a book in 2 days, so obviously it managed to captivate me enough to keep me up un...moreI'm not quite sure what to say here. I raced through this monster of a book in 2 days, so obviously it managed to captivate me enough to keep me up until 4am reading. However now that I'm finally done, the biggest feeling I'm left with is perhaps relief...or maybe dissatisfaction. Relief to have been released from the trap of reading such a convoluted tale. (I can't tell you how many times I re-read certain passages just to make sure I was reading things correctly...there were just too many people doing and saying too many crazy/nonsensical things...it could get rather confusing.) And dissatisfaction after having come to an end that leaves so many things yet unresolved. (view spoiler)[This story may have helped uncover some of the true horrors of Leck's reign, but even that was only a partial resolution. Otherwise, I'm not even sure what was accomplished. (hide spoiler)](less)
I've really enjoyed this author's Underworld series in the past, so I was excited to give her newer YA...moreEh...ok, but a bit of a letdown, to be honest.
I've really enjoyed this author's Underworld series in the past, so I was excited to give her newer YA books a try. But I dunno...they just didn't do it for me...at all. It almost felt like the plot had been over-sanitized, to the point of bland, in the effort to make this an acceptable young adult series. Or perhaps it was just generally underdeveloped in the effort to crank out this trilogy as quickly as possible and take advantage of the YA paranormal craze? I dunno. But in the end, there was just not enough action, not enough suspense, not enough plot development or explanation, and not enough romance. Just not enough of the good stuff that makes reading paranormal romance exciting. To be frank, I found this series to be downright boring half the time. Lots of filler, not enough substance.
Something else that bugged me -- these 3 novels read more like 1 looong novel that was chopped up into 3 installments...and I don't mean that in a good way. The last sentence of this book is actually, "There's something I need to tell you." Boo.
Interestingly, the premise of these books seriously reminded me of the old L.J. Smith series Dark Visions that I read when I was a kid. Except I liked the L.J. Smith books more. (Book #1 = The Strange Power.) Maybe I'll go back and read them next and see if they are actually as entertaining as I remember...
Even though I didn't exactly fall in love with the first novel of this series, I just couldn't help myself from wanting to find out what would happen...moreEven though I didn't exactly fall in love with the first novel of this series, I just couldn't help myself from wanting to find out what would happen with Alanna. Would her secret be revealed? Would she fall in love? Would she finally face her arch nemesis, Roger?
Well, you'll just have to read book 2 to find out, won't you?
Unfortunately, I found book 2 to be plagued with many of the same issues that bothered me about book 1. For starters, it felt like many of the details or key scenes were glossed over or simply mentioned in passing instead of actually being played out in the story. The timeline skips ahead by leaps and bounds, and not always in a very clear manner. All in all, it just felt like there was a much greater, longer story to be told, but that it had been cut down to the bare minimum or had never been developed at all so as to be shorter in length. For example, I found myself incredibly frustrated by the so called "romantic" developments within the novel, as this was pretty much glossed over and reduced to a mere handful of sentences. I just would have liked to see more -- more romance, more explanation, more magic, more story development and detail in general.
Although I'm glad to have continued this series in order to find out some of Alanna's fate, I'm not sure that I will be reading any further. With the advent of so many "young adult" books written for an adult audience as well, I realize that I may have had different expectations for this book than what it deserved. Ultimately, I think that this series does have its merits, but at the end of the day, I believe it is much better suited for enjoyment by its intended audience: older children and young adults.
Bottom Line: Probably would be enjoyed most by young girls. At least, I'm pretty sure I would have liked it a lot more when I was 12 or so. (less)