Have been waiting to buy it before I read it. ^________^ Got it today, finally. Am exciteddd!!
Although I wasn't blown away, I still tI OWN IT.
Have been waiting to buy it before I read it. ^________^ Got it today, finally. Am exciteddd!!
Although I wasn't blown away, I still tried to justify the 5 stars rating to myself. Honestly, it isn't a "bad book". I just didn't find myself in as much crazy anticipation and wasn't so high-strung while reading the book. Maybe it's because there was always a main focus in the first 2 books: in Storm Born, she became a queen and learnt more about herself. In Thorn Queen, we all know that the focus was her ordeal. In Iron Crowned, though...it seemed to be lacking in..something. We all know the 3rd book was meant to be about her preventing war or at least coming out victorious. If the Iron Crown is the way to do it, then so be it for me. But. But.. it really did surprise me a little when I saw how rather easily she got the crown. The trials she went through impressed me, yes, and I don't see how Mead could have, or should have made them any tougher. But the trials seemed to span only a few pages for me... or is that just my imagination? Honestly, it seemed to be that Dorian and Kiyo's relationships with Eugenie were the focus here. I don't really blame that.
Their relationships were never simple, and now, they've gotten more complex than ever. I don't really understand, though, how Dorian (view spoiler)[could have turned on Eug so quickly, even though I know he must've been hurt about the fact that she cheated on him.. but he was apparently a HUGE fan of Eugenie, wasn't he? And I *thought* there was this line in the first 2 books where he said he'd "share" if he must..? (hide spoiler)]. Either way, from the very first book, Mead has put some effort into pushing the idea that Eugenie -and women- aren't possessions, and in Iron Crowned that idea is even more prominent. Not sure what to feel about that; is it a feminist statement? Or is it just a plot detail?
(view spoiler)[Of course, I'd always been holding my breath, waiting for the shoe to drop. How could a series be centred around something that wouldn't happen? That'd be as bad as creating a magical solution just because the author couldn't find a way out of the mess she's written herself into. The prophecy... I guess I should've known it'd happen..But I didn't expect it to really happen..
Twins, huh? A boy, and a girl, huh?
Crazy. Utterly crazy, I say.
I had a secret, tiny part of me that agreed with Kiyo.. The rest just kept throwing arguments at each other. Is the prophecy going to come true? Is it all gonna happen? It really makes me wonder -and admire- how Richelle Mead is going to make everything work out in the end. That is, I'm assuming she's going to give us a happy ending. I hope she does, though.
This was what I wanted. This guy. This life. This me. I was never getting my old life back, and I didn't care. I was happy, I was sa
This was what I wanted. This guy. This life. This me. I was never getting my old life back, and I didn't care. I was happy, I was safe. I was right where I wanted to be.
Uh-uh. I hate the ending. This was so disappointing! The ending totally pulls down my opinion of the book, and the rating. First off, how can it be that just because Chloe got Derek, and they found Simon's father, Mr. Bae (who very conveniently happens to not be one of the "bad guys"), Chloe can suddenly be all happy and most ridiculously, think that she's safe?? The Edison Group may be down, but there was so much written about its vast influences; its many agents, that how can it be possible that they really can be safe? Has Chloe lost her usual sharp thinking because she finally gets Derek? There was no proper conclusion to the story at all. What about the demon that Chloe made a deal with?? With so much emphasized about how evil demons were and all in the book itself, why is it that the demon ends up calling Chloe "child" and actually apologizing for having to abandon her because ooh look; her BOSS's here! That goes against everything that characterizes a demon, even a demi one. It's like she just threw in the demon part (because why not a spirit otherwise?) to up the thrill factor. Wow, our heroine's gonna unleash a DEMON onto the mortal world! (And look, she's struggling with her decision!) The Big Bad Demon came and just said some weeeeird things to Chloe, then left-what's that supposed to mean?? The ending was like Kelley Armstrong had written herself into a corner; no way at all to solve the problems that she has written. The EG's mighty power; the MANY people trying to kill the teens.. So instead of solving the problems, or at least giving a proper ending (because we all know Davidoff was a pawn, right?), she dumps the reader with a deus ex machina. Hey, look, Simon's dad's here! Even Derek (the overprotective, oversensitive, paranoid werewolf) trusts him! So he's a GOOD GUY, and because Chloe is now with Derek and Simon is "okay with it" (his words), Chloe's "happy". "Safe". Or maybe it wasn't Armstrong's fault.. maybe she was rushing for the deadline?? Or her publisher refuses to let her publish a new book to tie up the loose ends, properly?? Guess I'd never know. I liked the series, and obviously I wanted a happy ending, happily ever after for them all, because we all know they deserved it! But this is not enough! Show, not tell! Just saying that Chloe felt happy and safe doesn't make her happy and safe. Shouldn't she, as the writer, show us why exactly they are really safe? Ughh. I feel SO disappointed! I usually never complain about things like that, but this was too jarring; it really hurt the story. It's worse than a cliffhanger, really. Because usually a cliffhanger's good (to pique your interest). They're annoying as hell, yes, but they're usually well-written. But the ending of The Reckoning... )):
This book was basically the 4 teens running like hell from their pursuers, and with their supernatural skills and their human abilities, finding out who to trust, who not to. It was interesting, engaging, and I finished it in a day. (The ending though...!!!) I guess it's because the characters are pretty good to read that I wanted so bad to see a good ending for them. After all that running (from the first book to the last..... meh..), I wanted to know there really would be a safe heaven for them. (Btw, if I'm not wrong, Chloe's mum did say something about no place being safe, right???! Which makes the ending.... oh gosh, never mind!!)
It was particularly nice watching the romance between Chloe and Derek unfold. A LOT of interaction (I don't mean physically) that built up trust in each other. It was nice to see Derek from Chloe's POV because he sounds wonderful. I like that there wasn't too much of the love triangle, nor even romance. It all comes in really late in the book. I LOVED that Armstrong didn't take the "I saw him in my dreams. Fell in love with him. He appeared at my school the next day." approach that seems so in trend with the new writers these days... Instead, she gives the reader a treat, showing exactly why it is that Chloe falls for Derek, and Derek for Chloe.
Oh btw, I thought the part about Chloe being so angry at Derek she refused repeatedly to be there when he Changed was quite stupid. Chloe understood the risks, understood Derek needed her by his side, knew how bad it would be. And even though he was ALL SICK-LOOKING, she's still like "Go on. You can go without me." A very missy-prissy attitude that I hated, because I though Chloe was forgiving and "nice". Not the time to be making a point, don't you think?
Lots of loose ends that need (seriously) to be tied up. That I won't mention. Because they're flooding my brain each minute I type. Too much.
P.S. Would appreciate if any of you can tell me what "Cabels" are. I know I saw the word in the second book, but I really don't remember having read an explanation for the term.
Okay I feel silly! I didn't know The Gathering was a part of the series. I picked it up in the library but it didn't seem to have a link with the Darkest Powers so I thought that was all. Good to know there's going to be a continuation! (Now I can finally get to change my rating; which I felt bad about:D)...more
2.5 stars T_T This was a somewhat miserable read for me... Wasn't engaging, and although certainly funny at some points, it lacked a certain something2.5 stars T_T This was a somewhat miserable read for me... Wasn't engaging, and although certainly funny at some points, it lacked a certain something that made me want to keep on reading. The only reason (or reasonS) I ploughed on was because
1. I hate to leave a book uncompleted. 2. I had a good impression of the first Ondine book.
I kept hoping it'd be better toward the end, but nooo..
It was interesting because of the 'mystery', I suppose, but it was also pretty meh too. Oh well! At least I can move on to my next book now! :) Divergent here I comeee!...more
With some stray comments I saw, and with the epilogue, I suppose this would be the last book in the Faeriewalker series. In response to that, let's juWith some stray comments I saw, and with the epilogue, I suppose this would be the last book in the Faeriewalker series. In response to that, let's just say that
I am not happy!
I thought Sirensong was an arresting novel from start to end. The only reason I was able to stop before I hit page 100 was because 1. I'd just finished Shadowspell before I started on Sirensong and so 2. I must restrict the quantity of goodness I was being exposed to. 3. It was late, and I'd promised myself to sleep early. (That didn't work out. By the time I finished making myself calm down because of Shadowspell, and finished the book review on Goodreads, it was 1am-.-)
In Sirensong, Dana is 'invited' to Faerie to meet Queen Titania. The honoring invitation comes in the form of a self-centred, incredibly cruel and mean Prince - Prince Henry. Dana's dad makes it clear to her that they have no way out of it, and also tells her more about Henry, and his own time at court. Dana is repeatedly reassured of her safety, because she will be travelling as a dignified guest of the Queen herself, but of course, Dana doesn't believe the words. With a gun her father gave to her, and the magic she possesses, she unwillingly makes her way to Faerie with the entire circus. Keane, Kimber, and Ethan accompany her. Her mum, though, is left in Avalon - to her drinking devices. I thought that part was well-written: The alcohol addiction of Dana's mother was very relatable especially to the current-world-readers of this fictional novel, and Dana's frustration, anger, and sorrow at her mother's self-destructive behavior were all pictured realistically.
Even during their journey, Keane insists on practising with Dana. It was as entertaining as previous sessions of practice, though I would have preferred if Kimber wasn't there to drool over Keane (okay, fine, I'm jealous of a fictional character because I have a crush on a fictional character-I know, I know!). Ethan takes down Keane's shield spell, and Dana kicks Keane in the groin at that moment. That was a bit O_O for me. That had been an emotionally-charged scene, at least it seemed to me, because of Keane's lingering attachment or crush (as I saw it) on Dana. It was..put simply, a memorable scene.
On their way to the Palace, the whole group is attacked by a bunch of Unseelie creatures. In the turmoil that ensues, Dana is carried away from the group (where there are a bunch of Knights and all to protect her, or at least, the Prince) by her horse. And because even a child would be able to tell you that Faerie horses, or animals, would not run off in a panic, to the heart of danger, it's no surprise when it's revealed that Dana's horse had been charmed. However, she is saved by -who else?- the Erlking.
That part was a bit crazy, because the Erlking is crazy. I don't mean that in the literal sense (or maybe I do), but because although both Dana and I (a well-written novel always seems to make you feel like the protagonist) plain as day know the guy for bad news, we (ha-ha) can't help but be completely attracted. It's like watching something terrible unfold - you cannot look away. You're transfixed. And that's how it is with the Erlking. He's terrible, but yet he always comes through for Dana, and when he does, it's impossible to look away. Now I sound crazy. Uhm, that part about him and Dana on horseback may have been a source of annoyance or irritation to those who a) think Dana is a sex-crazed teenager, or b) dislike/hate any mention of sex or just any nuances of sex in their books, especially in a YA novel. Not me. I liked how he moved away when he heard about the spell Dana had cast, though; it made me fear for Dana, and fearful of the man. Or rather, the immortal.
Oh and anyway, I really REALLY liked the part about the Green Lady! I'd never seen anything like that before in any other Faerie books, and I thoroughly enjoyed the scene, even if it wasn't all that positive for Dana. It was also, in my mind, a brilliant way of introducing something new to the reader ((view spoiler)[Elizabeth (hide spoiler)]).
Then from then on, things progress really quickly. Princess Elaine, Titania's granddaughter, is assassinated with a bomb - something only a Faeriewalker can do. Or at least someone in her aura. (view spoiler)[Wow, wow, wow *Slow clapping* There's another Faeriewalker after all. This reminds me greatly of (view spoiler)[Storm Born(hide spoiler)]. This new twist made my stomach coil and twist and turn. Jenna Black is one good writer. (hide spoiler)]
Separated from her dad and Finn, Dana and her friends go on a run. Wherein much things happen. What I do not get is why Kimber is so mad at Dana. Yes, she kept a bijillion secrets from her, yes, she did lie about certain things, like the geis. But she didn't do it to hurt her! If anything, she was trying to protect her. Maybe she was mad at Dana for not trusting her enough to tell her things, but didn't she get that Dana is an individual who warms slowly and is hesitant to trust? That doesn't make her any less than a friend - that just makes her who she is! Why is Kimber so quick to anger at Dana just because she didn't tell her the entire truth? Yeah, it might hurt, but I don't get why she had to run away and all.
A load of things happen, and Dana returns to the palace where she does one of the most dangerous, craziest things to save her family and friends. I suppose people will be quick to point out here how Dana seems to be a protagonist who lacks common sense, is too full of herself to not think of better ways, to think she can actually succeed, yada yada.
And then (view spoiler)[Dana kills Henry. (hide spoiler)] The 'meeting' she had with Titania to discuss her life -or death- was a bit monotonous for me though it still had captured my attention. Maybe because of the magic and all; like things had a lost a bit of steam after Dana's ability was revealed. Following that, Dana makes another deal with the Devil.
Seriously. Arawn is just such a well-written character, in my humble opinion. He's manipulative, arrogant, proud, perhaps cruel, maybe malicious, but he can still charm the feet off you, or at least, make you hate him while loving him. He's so dangerous I'd shrivel into a puddle of water if I ever met him in life. There's so many facets to him.
What follows is pretty tame; reunions with her mom (who is still such a horrible disappointment!!!); making up with her BFF; making out with her boyfriend; getting scolded by her dad. There wasn't any(or much) mention of Keane and Finn, though. Keane made an appearance toward the end, but it was a short one, and nothing more was said about him and Dana. Which really disappointed me. And also, Finn was hardly mentioned... I was wishing for Dana to sprint and embrace him. I would have loved to see his reaction!
Although the epilogue did a lot to wrap the series up, there's still this lingering feeling that there needs to be more; to account for things that haven't happened, to satisfy this hunger, you know? I'm hoping desperately that I am wrong, that the Faeriewalker series IS going to be continued. I am thoroughly, completely, truly looking forward to the next installment of the series. I have zero doubt it'd be one exciting ride on the roller-coaster (not that I'd been on one, but you know..). ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I'm high on the adrenaline rush you get from reading books as awesome as Shadowspell. So excuse me in advance for the incoherence that might be ahead.I'm high on the adrenaline rush you get from reading books as awesome as Shadowspell. So excuse me in advance for the incoherence that might be ahead.
I LOVED Shadowspell so much!!
Okay, first off: The romance. 1. Ethan Compared to the other males in the books, I think Ethan wouldn't have been my first choice. It isn't so much his initial betrayals, but maybe more of his playboy lifestyle. Even his many attempts to save Dana's life can't convince me much, but I can see how easy it might be to love him. Dana is like, completely head-over-heels in love with Ethan, no matter if the guy had a warning sign: "DANGER" on his forehead. But again, which male romantic interest isn't dangerous? I like the guy, maybe a whole lot, but I'm (let's pretend I actually have a say; a choice, okay?) keeping my options open for like...
2. Keane He'd appealed to me from almost the start because I could relate to his sarcasm, his outright emotions and all. I loved how he was quick to anger, and yet unafraid to show it. His anger, no matter how overbearing, never made him motivated to hurt Dana. He seemed both dangerous and vulnerable, sweet and bitter to me. The close (or super close) contact between him and Dana during the training sessions did NOT help. [See: Dimitri Belikov & Rosemarie Hathaway of [book:Vampire Academy|345627]] Seriously, those sessions were really well-written. Enough of action, enough of tension to keep you going on and on and on. I love Keane (though I might be slightly biased because of Dimitri and VA)! I love how he sees Dana as something more. Okay, sorry. Can't really describe my obsessive crush on a (dare I say it?) fictional character.
3...Arawn...? Okay. He doesn't actually completely count. But (view spoiler)[considering his deal with Dana about her virginity, (hide spoiler)] it's kinda sloppy to exclude him, right? He's .. if you ignore the dangerous side to him, close to perfect. Good-looking (understatement of the year, I guess), powerful, strong, caring (sort of.), gentle, sensitive.. It's like he's those haunted heroes that the protagonists seemingly almost always want to understand and all. But of course, we all know he's bad news. Still, you can't help but wonder what's coming up next.
Second, everything else (lol. This does NOT mean that the book only consists of romance - because it's so much more than that!)
All that stuff about the Erlking is crazy. Aunt Grace, too. I don't even know where to begin, to be honest. All I know is Jenna Black is one crazy author, and I'm just so glad for her existence. There's just so much about Shadowspell that I really liked. I thank the heavens for the day I decided (reluctantly) to borrow Glimmerglass from the library!
I didn't give Glimmerglass 5 stars, but was tempted to. Anyway, I was sure that the subsequent books in the series would be good enough to garner a 5-star rating. I wasn't wrong.
Only complaint I have against the book/series is the title of the books. They sound too common to me, and I couldn't differentiate between the 3 books at the start. Because they all sounded so commercialized, and did nothing to help arouse my interest in the books. That is somewhat the same case as the VA series. All the same, just as you can't judge a book by its cover, you can't judge it by its title too. And this book, I assure you, is amazing.
(Edit, after reading some reviews) Regarding the part about
1) (view spoiler)[Dana's negotiation with the Erlking about her virginity, and why she even did it because apparently Ethan is such a playboy and jerk and no, she doesn't even like him (hide spoiler)]
I really believe that she would have done it for anyone else she cared for. Like (view spoiler)[the Erlking said, she would have done it for anyone she cared for, and it was only too easy to make someone matter. (hide spoiler)] Maybe a little unbelievable if you apply it to a normal teenager in a world like ours now, but this is fiction. One cannot expect Dana to just do whatever we may ourselves think is the reasonable thing to do. Thing is, I guess you really can never satisfy everyone. If Dana had done nothing to help Ethan, she'd be accused of being a weak feminine character suspiciously like some female from a wildly popular series now. If she did anything crazy, she'd be accused of being boy-crazy, or unreasonable, or not knowing her own mind, or being a Mary Sue. Meh. I really liked that she was very careful about Ethan in the sense that she knew/felt he wouldn't/mightn't have (view spoiler)[been prepared to wait for her forever without sex (hide spoiler)]. She knew what she was in for, and she weighed the pros and cons before jumping in. (Or maybe she just chose to ignore the cons, but whatever.)
2) the 'controversial' "tunnel situation" Maybe because of (view spoiler)[Thorn Queen(hide spoiler)], I'm slightly more used to the (view spoiler)[near rape scene (hide spoiler)]. I honestly didn't think too much of it (as in, not that it was of no importance to me, but more like I was too caught up in whatever else was happening) because of Dana's attempt to summon her magic. Dana herself was ignoring the man, and because of the unpleasantness of it all, I found no difficulty in ignoring whatever the asshat was doing and concentrating on Dana's first successful attempt at magic. Later, more stuff happened, and I just forgot about it... True, the matter may have been a little blown off, like nothing had happened, but I honestly can't see any other way 'round it all. I don't wanna see Dana end up all scarred and afraid of EVERYONE. Maybe it could have been written with more attention paid to what had happened to Dana in the tunnel, but I thought it was good the way it had been written as it was. Maybe that's just me, though.
Kinda sad to see so many 1-star or 2-star reviews, but I guess one man's meat is another's poison. I just hope everyone'll like the third book better!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Not one to read graphic novels or comics or anything, so.. maybe a little biased. Only read this because I love anything to do with VA and Richelle MeNot one to read graphic novels or comics or anything, so.. maybe a little biased. Only read this because I love anything to do with VA and Richelle Mead XD Finished the book in about.. fifteen mins? It didn't do much for me, but when it came to all the parts with Dimitri and Rose and all, well yeah, my heart skipped beats, so that was good. But I gotta say that the drawings.. well, they aren't really my type I guess? But some parts were pretty nice. Wouldn't be spending money to buy this though ><...more
I can't believe I neglected to check out this book after I finished Succubus Shadows! The cover is intriguing-a cross?! Oh boy, oh boy. So eagerly awaI can't believe I neglected to check out this book after I finished Succubus Shadows! The cover is intriguing-a cross?! Oh boy, oh boy. So eagerly awaiting this book. Everyone needs closure!!...more
Thorn Queen was, as expected, a fully engaging read. It was so full of action, so engaging you never wanted to put it down. But I can't say it was fulThorn Queen was, as expected, a fully engaging read. It was so full of action, so engaging you never wanted to put it down. But I can't say it was fully enjoyable. People who've read the book would probably know what I'm referring to.
(view spoiler)[Since the start of Storm Born, we were well aware that Eugenie faced real danger when it comes to those denizens who want to get into her pants. But I never thought she'd actually be raped, not when she was so all-powerful, all kickass awesome. I thought that part, when Leith raped her, that was really difficult to get through. It was so.. horrible.. It's like, I would rather it not have happened, it complicated things too much for me, it makes things horrible. I guess I'm being horrible myself, isn't it? It's like those criticisms you hear often. People switching off when bad stuff happens. They don't want to know, they don't want to listen. And so bad stuff just keep on happening. I'm not sure if Richelle Mead intended it to be those sort of issues that as a writer, she'll 'tackle', as I've seen on some book interviews with authors (not on the same issue nor the same author). But for me, it was just... nasty, I didn't like to read through it. I didn't like that Eugenie was so helpless, I didn't even like thinking about reality. The aftereffects of the rape, well, apart from all that war-starting, I'm also terrified for Eugenie's mental health and physical health. She had been a hermit before-it's so easy to get herself closed off from all others and all affection. It's so worrying. It's so painful.
I hate that Kiyo didn't kill Leith for her, yet I also hate that Kiyo was right in saying killing him would only start a war-a war that would cause already-suffering people to suffer more. It was a lose-lose situation because, like Eugenie put it, what was it for? To defend "my honour", etc. And yet, how could she not have taken revenge? It was such a painful thing to happen to anyone. She should have the right to exact revenge.. And yet, the decision would have such a huge consequence. It's obvious there's no way out of it. And I'm thankful to Dorian (as I'm sure Eugenie is) for breaking apart choices, leaving no options by killing Leith. That was a pivotal moment for the love triangle, it was easy to tell. You talk about protecting, loving, understanding me? Then help me take revenge. If you can't, if you don't, no matter how rational and logical your explanation, it's a sign of how much you love me. That sort of reasoning... I'm sure everyone understood why Eugenie broke up with Kiyo, and went to Dorian. It was such an easy choice-and yet such a hard one. Of course, what I am more worried about is the state of Eugenie's mind. I'm sure Richelle Mead isn't the type of author to introduce such a thing and brush over it, being all like, oh after (insert some pivotal moment), she totally recovered, and became herself, kicking ass, being awesome.
Truth is, you don't ever really recover from rape, I believe, and I also believe Eugenie will kick MORE ass and be MORE awesome because she has all that fire in her now. All the reasoning wouldn't stop her now-not when she's the Storm Queen. And it's so terrifying the way her story seems to be leading. In a moment of an emotional storm, she blurts it out: I'm the Storm Queen. And intentionally, she uses her magic to choke someone. I never really understood why Kiyo was so against her using her magic, developing it. I mean, I get where Roland was coming from. He didn't even know who she was in the Otherworld. But Kiyo? Shouldn't he get that the magic would help her as a queen, even if it would... change her? And should he really be discouraging her from getting a crown? She IS the Thorn Queen whether she likes it or not, and a crown would solidify her status, and authority which would no doubt be helpful. That left me with a lot of questions, especially since in Storm Born, it was mentioned Kiyo also wanted Eugenie for his personal motivations. I think that was why Dorian held so much appeal-he encouraged the use of magic, knowing how Eugenie felt when she used her magic; and he encouraged a crown, knowing it would help with her status, and also he just understood her in a way Kiyo never did. I believe there was a part when they said something like Kiyo only wanted decisions that were peaceful and good, but not easy to do, or something like that. I think that was a perfect summary of the main difference between Kiyo and Dorian.
OKAY. Rant about Kiyo/Dorian and the rape issue is now over. Back to the other topics! (hide spoiler)]
In Thorn Queen, Eugenie is .. for lack of better phrasing and words.. the Thorn Queen. One part I really disliked though, is how she oh, hated every minute of it; putting on gentry clothing was such a chore; she couldn't even spend a night there when it was she who created that land, causing her subjects to suffer. I mean, yes, I get you're not power-hungry (unlike me :P) and you're not excited to be a queen-at all, but you ARE a queen now, so please just act like it, and stop pushing everything to your regent! It was disappointing how all she wanted to do with Kiyo was make love and all. I expected more from her as a queen.. But I guess at the ending of the book, things have changed, especially with Eugenie finally realising she is a QUEEN. (She kinda needed a crown for confirmation, I suppose). That helped mollify me a little, when she finally accepted that, and it was obvious she would do a great job in Iron Crowned. =)
Oh, and about the plot development. All I can say is Richelle Mead spares no one. In the Succubus Blues series, (view spoiler)[she creates a really terrifying and world-altering (I'm exaggerating, but it's close) love triangle with Seth, Georgina and Maddie. And Seth actually chooses Maddie. Like WTH. (hide spoiler)]. And here, well, she doesn't show mercy. And I don't mean just the part when (view spoiler)[Eugenie breaks up with Kiyo for Dorian (hide spoiler)], I mean the part about (view spoiler)[the rape (hide spoiler)] and (view spoiler)[the things Art and Abigail (hide spoiler)] were doing. That was so heartbreaking, but I guess it was necessary to move things forward.
All in all, (crap, I keep typing Iron Queen!!!) Thorn Queen was a FANTASTIC book and I'm sure glad I bought it. I am SO looking forward to getting my hands on Iron Crowned though I'm not sure if I should because
1) I'll stop doing any resemblance of work, and 2) IT'S LIKE, FREAKING, NEXT YEAR TILL THE LAST BOOK COMES OUT!!!
I hate to join the "OH NO, IT'S NEXT YEAR. COME OUT NOW" group. That's always painful; I sympathise. T_T ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Saw this in the bookstore yesterday! Finally! Not yet on the library shelf though :(
Woah. Huge disappointment. It's not eBEFORE READING:
Saw this in the bookstore yesterday! Finally! Not yet on the library shelf though :(
Woah. Huge disappointment. It's not even 2 stars. It's actually a 1-star rating. But for all the time the series has spent with me, for sentimentality's sake it is a 2 star rating. This is, to say the least, a huge letdown. In the past, I've wanted to recommend Strange Angels to friends, but hesitated because I wasn't all that sure if they'd like the action-packedness of it. Now I definitely won't, because I know how it will end now.
Maybe because the last time I read a book from the series was a really long time ago (at least a year), I found myself SO.FAR.REMOVED. from it. I had no idea what was going on, even till the middle bits. I was struggling to catch up, to hang in there, all the while reading the book from a narrator who bored me (if I'm being nice) or annoyed me (if I'm not being nice). Dru was no longer as interesting as she was in Strange Angels. Instead she has become this person I no longer could recognise. She was so confusingandconfused. About herself, about Graves, about Christophe, about her world. The Real World.
She annoyed the heck out of me.
So did Christophe. I knew he always had a penchant for weird italicised names for Dru. Well, if I ever found them endearing, now they just annoyed me to no end. I understood none of them, except perhaps kochana and milady. The rest of them did NOT contribute to characterisation. They did though, mostly contribute to my annoyance with the book.
The plot was so ... sluggish? Is that the right word? It's not exactly slow per se. It's just that it's so... sticky? Like I am walking through sludge. Disgusting and I just want to get out fast. Nothing in the plot interested me until at least far after the middle of the book, when Dru finally gets kidnapped by Serjeg. And things finally start to really happen. And that's all, in case you were wondering. It took about 3/4 of the book to finally have some real action happening. It took about 3/4 of the book for Dru to meet and suddenly have enough power and strength to kill the king of the vamps. It took about 3/4 of the book for me to perk up, at least a tiny bit.
During the reading of that 'exciting' bit, my head was however, still on the desk as I read the book in my lap. I couldn't even feel moved enough to read upright. That was just how boring and dead the book was. In fact, I managed to read two other books in the middle of reading Recknoning. In fact, I clean forgot I had this to finish until I was tidying my desk. When I realised I had this to complete, however, I actually groaned out loud. GOL - that's right, Reckoning was so bad and disappointing it actually earns its own internet acronym.
All in all, this was a tremendously painful ending to a series I had really liked and seen potential for. :( ...more
It was still confusing the way the story was written. It's like things happen before I even knew they were happening; things just flew by in a hecticIt was still confusing the way the story was written. It's like things happen before I even knew they were happening; things just flew by in a hectic way sort of characteristic of Bertie. Still, I enjoyed Perchance To Dream quite some, especially towards the end when I finally began to understand SOMETHING. I mean, a love triangle? That's something in my league, something I could finally understand and relate to from other books. Yeah, call me daft, but I needed it spelt out that Bertie actually liked Ariel and in that way too, before I could finally see it was a love triangle. Before that otherwise, Bertie was always having mixed and conflicting feelings towards Ariel, and that confused me. Of course, I believe that is because Bertie really did have such conflicting feelings towards him, something Lisa Mantchev must have wished to portray (albeit in a slightly confusing manner).
The romance factor in Perchance to Dream was no doubt more keyed-up than in Eyes Like Stars, but it still isn't the main thing as compared to the Company's adventures on the road outside the Theatre, and also all the various characters they meet. Still, I liked that the romance part at least, was more sorted out so I understood better where Ariel, Nate and Bertie were coming from.
In Perchance to Dream, (view spoiler)[Bertie finally enters Sedna's realm though it was after much trouble (some of which was pretty confusing to read through) (hide spoiler)]. I enjoyed reading about what happened there, though (view spoiler)[the love and history between Bertie's father and Sedna still confused me a little (hide spoiler)].
Boy, that's at least 5 'confusing' I wrote... I guess it would be alright to say that the Théâtre Illuminata series is probably one of the most confusing series I have read, yet I do like it quite a lot! (Second in place would be the Strange Angels series) There's some parts when you really don't get what is happening and that can be unpleasant, but the overall story is lovely enough for you to keep on reading and finally enjoy it.
I did take very long to finish Perchance to Dream though. I think the confusing factor contributed to that. While it was extremely colourful, descriptive and pleasant to read, the lack of some sort of understanding about the story, and also action, contributed to a sort of obligation and not motivation to finish the book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more