Enna Burning is very different from the first book in the series, The Goose Girl. Where The Goose Girl is light and full of hope and romance (with occEnna Burning is very different from the first book in the series, The Goose Girl. Where The Goose Girl is light and full of hope and romance (with occasional dark patches), Enna Burning is very dark and angst-filled. Don't go into this one expecting it to be light-hearted and fun!
It was quite a good book, even with all of the fire and death. Shannon Hale has a way of writing amazing books that make you fall in love with the characters. Even if they are temporarily insane killers who want to burn up anything in their path.
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book at first. It started somewhat slow, and there was a part where I was afraid it was going to turn into tI wasn't sure if I was going to like this book at first. It started somewhat slow, and there was a part where I was afraid it was going to turn into the YA, love-at-first-sight, we're fated to be together even though we're still in high school type thing. I was prepared to put the book away at that point. (view spoiler)[There is some of that, but it is a lot more subtle (hide spoiler)] I kept with it and was pleasantly surprised when I found myself hooked and truly caring what happened to the characters. What kept me coming back to the book was the very interesting concept of four separate souls inhabiting one boy's body. Well, five, if you count said boy. Of course he is considered schizophrenic, which just adds even more interest and tension to the story. The only bad thing I could say is that there was a lot going on in this book. A lot. Eventually it all came together, but at first it seemed like the author was just trying to dump as much stuff in the story as possible.["br"]>["br"]>...more
Finally finished with this one! I was disappointed because I really thought I was going to love it. I listened to the audiobook and maybe that's one oFinally finished with this one! I was disappointed because I really thought I was going to love it. I listened to the audiobook and maybe that's one of my problems, because the narrator sounded like a valley girl sometimes and it just irritated me. Anyway, on to the book.
First of all, I hate love triangles. I didn't actually know this was going to have one. Serves me right for not reading the synopsis all the way through. Almost the entire book was about the love triangle and her hormones and thinking about how handsome the two guys are. I wish Chaol had smacked more sense into her. I think that, for the most part, love triangles are a way for an author to add tension between the characters without having to put much thought into it. And it's annoying.
I probably would have still liked the book, even with the love triangle, if the characters had interested me at all. Celaena as a character didn't have much depth to her. I think the author tried to give her some interesting dynamics by making her an assassin as well as a girly girl, but she just came off as shallow and Mary Sue-ish.
Chaol was by far the most interesting character and I liked that the author kept me wondering what exactly was going in in his head.
I really wish I had liked this book more. It would be perfect for someone who likes (or doesn't mind) love triangles and YA characters. ...more