**spoiler alert** Here's a hint: Any time a woman in a book or movie is nauseous, she is pregnant. Keep this in mind, and you will never again be surp...more**spoiler alert** Here's a hint: Any time a woman in a book or movie is nauseous, she is pregnant. Keep this in mind, and you will never again be surprised by an incredibly lame "twist ending."(less)
**spoiler alert** Okay, so someone explain to me why I hated Twilight but loved this book.
1. Heroine who spends her time obsessing with a guy (check) 2...more**spoiler alert** Okay, so someone explain to me why I hated Twilight but loved this book.
1. Heroine who spends her time obsessing with a guy (check) 2. Guy who spends his time creepily watching heroine obsessively, and knows things he should not, and has seen her nekkid without her knowledge (check) 3. Lots of discussion of how people smell (check) 4. Sparkliness (NONE--but there is furriness) 5. Clan of supernatural beings who are practically perfect in every way, and heroine longs to become one of them so that she too may obtain perfection (NONE--in fact they are mostly imperfect, and the hero is conflicted by his love for them anyway) 6. Unrequited longing with no chance of fulfillment because doing so would rip the heroine in two (NONE--lots of SEX!) 7. Clear cut enemies who still don't really do much to make you fear for anyone because they are more like a Rainbow Gathering that occasionally kills people by accident (NONE--we get wolf attacks, and actual blood, and the hero doesn't ALWAYS jump to her rescue, sometimes it's the other way around) 8. A clear outcome where everyone lives sparkly ever after (I must admit I did get a little worried at the end, since I knew there was a second book in the series, but then it was okay, and I was happy instead of annoyed that the hero and heroine didn't die in a blood bath) 9. Piss poor writing (NONE THANK YOU JEEBUS)
Hmmmm... nope, no idea why this was better than Twilight.(less)
**spoiler alert** Getting a little sick of Imriel and Sidonie's speshul speshul love and their mighty orgasms of the gods.
The ending, like that of the...more**spoiler alert** Getting a little sick of Imriel and Sidonie's speshul speshul love and their mighty orgasms of the gods.
The ending, like that of the reedited Return of the Jedi, goes on forever and ever and there's sex instead of dancing Ewoks.
There is one paragraph as you are trudging to the end that clubs you over the head with a "full dramatic circle coming to a symbolic close, here, let me spell it out!" thing.
But it was still fun, and had some great twists and turns. I didn't think Imriel's disguise would work as well as it did, and it added some nice romantic tension to a love story that had seemed all set in stone. Old favorites put on just enough of an appearance to make you long for the good old days of the Anguisette and her Cassiline.
The first book started out with very little magic. There was the Master of the Straits and that was about it. It was more a tale of courage and love. It's only at the third book that we really have the whole Darsanga blood magic, and the Name of God. But that magic all stems from the gods or religion in one way or another. In the Imriel trilogy, and particularly this book, you get magic as something humans can perform with a little bit of smoke and blood, and it just seems sort of out of place. At least the Celtic magic I could believe, it's part of even our own world myths. But with this book it feels like suddenly, we are not in an alternate history of our world, but in a totally different place. Not sure if I like that.
I think I will have to reread the first trilogy for the second time this year.(less)
**spoiler alert** Half a star--because I at least managed to finish it.
Things I learned from reading the Twilight series:
1. Stalker boyfriends are sup...more**spoiler alert** Half a star--because I at least managed to finish it.
Things I learned from reading the Twilight series:
1. Stalker boyfriends are supposed to be sexy. Particularly if they are suffocatingly obsessive as well. 2. True perfection is becoming EXACTLY like your boyfriend and his family. 3. The consequences of sex include having a baby. The consequences of having a baby might include having your spine broken and your womb shredded by vampire teeth. 4. If you choose to sacrifice everything to become like your boyfriend, so that you are no longer recognizable as yourself, it's okay, because all of your friends and family will totally support that. 5. Stephenie Meyer freaks me out. 6. Renesmee is possibly the stupidest name in non-existence, but that's okay because it was picked by a teenager. Also I imagine that there will be a crop of Renesmees being born in the next few years and I pity them. 7. I'm too old for this shit.
Also, the ending was absolute crap. I spend ages waiting for a good old fashioned bloodletting, with finally the decently evil vampires all set to fight, and then they just all slink away like a bunch of hippies who accidentally crashed a Hells Angels meeting?
**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this, and read it all in one day. I loved the interplay between the main character and her many enemies. She was sp...more**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this, and read it all in one day. I loved the interplay between the main character and her many enemies. She was spunky, without that annoying wink-wink-ain't-she-spunky-dontcha-love-her bullshit. I also loved that there were several questions the author never bothered to answer--though I will be righteously furious if she doesn't bother to answer them later.
--What was the liquid that Chelsea gave her in the tea? --Who exactly is Grace O'Malley and is she really the pirate and not a namesake? --Will she ever get it on with Alban? (hawt! fire in the loins hawt!)
This book is what Twilight should have been--interesting characters with REAL flaws (besides just being colder than ice... eff that.)
Far from perfect, but great fun. Can't wait to read the next one.(less)