EDIT: I won't go as low as changing a word of my review, but I realized something when I read this review by Eric Allen that I was, in fact, not think...moreEDIT: I won't go as low as changing a word of my review, but I realized something when I read this review by Eric Allen that I was, in fact, not thinking straight when I rated it. I was so excited about what I liked– Rothfuss' writing style and what I thought of the Name of the Wind– that I hadn't thought about what I didn't like about what I'd read. I changed my star-rating, which is already pretentious enough, from five to three. It's about a 3.5 to me now. Anyway, if you want to see my original opinion, look on ahead:
I will begin by proclaiming that Patrick Rothfuss brought about his second book just as magnificently as the first, and although I suspected that it would be impossible to seem impressive in comparison to the previous installment, I found myself pleasantly surprised. The book met the standards I had set for it, easily, and was just as brilliant as "The Name of the Wind."
Now, I will move on to the book itself. It was sad in several distinct ways. The story being told was scattered with moments of sadness and worry, but that wasn't all. As Kote, or Kvothe, told the story, he became enthralled with his own tale, and he began to live just a little inside his own past. This brought him back alive, and when bandits came to the inn... He was reDy to fight them. But he wasn't that strong, young man anymore. He wasn't Kvothe the Bloodless, the Arcane. He wasn't the Maedre, he wasn't the Broken Tree, The Flame, The Thunder. He was only Kote. He'd lost every name he'd earned, every skill he'd learned, every piece of reputation he'd built. And ended up beaten senseless by merely two soldiers. That, in it's own way, is extensively sad.
The book had me skipping from intense anger, to obsessive adoration, to worried tenseness, to wishful dreaming. Sometimes I wish I had the grasp of Heart of Stone, someday to hold back the conflicting emotions that kept driving me to set down the book. Because I just had to. I couldn't take it anymore. It ate at me, it was torturing me enough to get so angry to put it down, for days. it was painful. I wanted to read it, but I knew it would drive me insane if I tried without cooling off. And it took too long to cool off. The book assaults your emotions, to the point where at one moment, you love Kvothe, but the next, you want to strangle him for either his intense ignorance, or his unbearable stupidity. If anything, this book was emotionally arousing.
I am not trying to sway you from the book, quite the opposite, actually, but I am warning those who take an obsessive attachment to characters, like, I must admit, me. Loving these characters is easy, but hating them is easy too, and sometimes, it's just too much. It allows you to understand why Kvothe is famous among half the people as a hero, and the other half as a villain.
This is honestly one of the most amazing trilogies I have ever read. And yes, I always praise books that are good, but I can never call a book one of the most amazing if it isn't.
May not be suitable for children under the age of 14.
I must say, I enjoyed this book quite a bit more than I expected to, and my expectations were not withering at all. There were a few shortcomings, suc...moreI must say, I enjoyed this book quite a bit more than I expected to, and my expectations were not withering at all. There were a few shortcomings, such as some slower points in the pace, some... awkward descriptions (I'm sure most of you familiar with this book understand my meaning, even if you disagree), and a few improbabilities...
But it's fantasy, right? What's fantasy without improbabilities?
Daenerys, I will admit, pissed me off as much as Sansa for a while. I considered her a weak little girl. Later, though, I began to like where her character development was going. Many things happened to her, her entire way of life was changed. Her grasp of reality seemed to... weaken. I found it extremely appropriate.
I refuse to speak of Sansa. She's done nothing but make me spit. Of course, her power to do so speaks plenty. Pray the Others do away with her soon.
Jon, fierce little bastard he is, stole my heart from the beginning. Ghost by his side, I found him very likable. He was strong when he was weak, yet weak when he was strong.
Tyrion did the same, and as an Imp with a disfigured body and a sharp, comedic mind. A strong heart. I felt he was worthy of more than he got. Thankfully, I believe he will receive more. I look forward to his future.
Catelyn, Robb, Rickon- May the old gods be with them all.
Arya- At first I disregarded her for background enemy House fodder... but her association with Jon warmed her to my heart, her acceptance of Needle, her growth in skill and mind. I respect her as one of my favorites. I hope and pray that she crossed paths with her half-brother once more. Screw honor.
I don't have much time to write this, hence my lack of devotion to the exigencies of the more gorgeous proclivities of the English language. So I finish quickly.
The end? There isn't much I can think of to say. Except, maybe...
EDIT: The review is actually finished, but I fixed it so that my reactions were in order of the book's progression. So, the rest o...moreSpoilers. Be warned.
EDIT: The review is actually finished, but I fixed it so that my reactions were in order of the book's progression. So, the rest of the review is after the first half.
WARNING. WARNING. In this review, I say some things that the fans may very well dislike. Also, I reference some pretty odd things, such as Yu-Gi-Oh, Yu-Gi-Oh abirdged, A Very Potter Musical, Harry Potter, LittleKuriboh, and The Game of Thrones. Please, be warned.
It's an audiobook, I'm in the middle of listening to it, and I've been taking notes on my phone every time I notice something off. Or something important. But mostly something I don't like. Which, of the last, surprisingly, I found a lot. So far, at least.
I'm not sure where I am, seeing as this is an audiobook, but I do know that I am most likely about halfway through part 2.
These are my notes, sorted by either person, or group of people:
Izzy, Simon, and Maia- Sluts. Slut. Slut. I get that they're teenagers, but from my experience, teenagers aren't perpetually horny. Or maybe that's just me.
Maia: Jerk face, slut, bitch. The last of which is not merely because of her canine-esque figure.
"When did you become so shallow? When?" -Jesus Christ, woman, you gonna lead him on? -Later: "Ooookay. So. Sex in the shower. The guy she was back and forth with for some time... and all of the sudden she's having sex with him. I wouldn't be surprised if she left him later.
Jordan: "I'm in love with you. Being only your friend would kill me." Alright. Lay off; take what you can get. Yeah, yeah, I know. You feel like a tool. Then leave her, or be a tool. Seriously, if you really love her, you can deal with being friend-zoned for a little longer. Eventually, she'll warm up to you. Maybe. Really, it depends on if you aren't as annoying in her eyes as you are in mine.
Sebastian: Still a conceited, perpetually unconcerned ass. He hasn't changed, at least.
Jace: Eh. It's not his fault, I guess. But I thought he was still him... and now he's become a molester? "Predatory smile." I'm sorry. But... is he a sexual predator, now? But he's a Herondale, right? A descendant of Will. So... maybe that's just a guarantee that he's an asshat that only gets his way because girls in the YA-Novel-Universe enjoy being insulted.
Alec: Honestly, you would even think about making that decision for Magnus, possibly against his will? I'm honestly starting to believe that he never even loved him in the first place.
The book itself:
"What the hell, man? What the actual hell?" Is Clare really gonna try? It's getting difficult to focus on the plot when the entire book is focused on sexual tension. It's like no one gives a crap where Jace is, save Clary, and it's only because of the sexual tension between them. The Mortal Instruments should have ended at City of Glass- Can I retract my previous statement in my City of Fallen Angels review?
This is an Audiobook: So, naturally, I have comments on Molly C. Quinn. -God, she's just like a stereotypical teenage girl. She angers me. Immensely. -Why the hell does she pronounce 'Praetor' like 'Preacher'? -Why is the stele pronounced 'STEELY'? That is not how it's pronounced. It's nothing like any interpretation I've ever heard. Nor is it like any of the other audiobook narrators' interpretations that I've heard. *facepalm*
During Jace's explanation of the 'other 5%' of his mind, he mentions 'ducks.' Though it is very possible that Clare has some kind of duck fetish, it may be a reference to Will and Jem's experiment to determine whether or not ducks were cannibalistic. Then he claims to hate ducks for some inexplicable reason... A Herondale quality that Clare decided (illogically) to make an inherited trait? (Kind of sounds like a duck fetish either way you put it, really.)
"She didn't always make speeches, but when she did, she made them count."
The most interesting man in the world.
And some possible foreshadowing:
Praetor Lupus Alpha claims "Since the 1800s, the Scotts have always run the Praetor." Wesley Scott. The werewolf from the Clockwork series. Huh.
The Angel's sword is forged of Heavenly Fire. "To summon an Angel is to be blasted with Heavenly Fire." Plot for the next book. Well, duh.
Izzy's pendant- It is rather unnecessarily mentioned. That reminded me of a ruby pendant that was mentioned in the Clockwork series... or, at least, hearing talk of a ruby necklace that will be mentioned in the Clockwork series. There's so much rabid speculation about these books that I'm starting to lose track of what I come up with and what I see online.
Tessa! Yippee. The Clockwork angel is seen in the same area of the Faerie Rings, and other rather demonic pieces of intricate workmanship. (Nerdgasm- evil rings? Will we be meeting Sauron? Because he might actually prove the only credible character in this novel...) The mention of a female warlock- Apparently a female warlock helped Magnus to place the protection over Clary when she was young. "Who was the female warlock?" Clary asks, but Jocelyn is interrupted before she can answer, which is almost obvious evidence that she is talking about Tessa. Not very subtle, I must say.
And it is entirely possible that when Magnus went on about 'Do you know what happens, when one dies, to the one that's left?" that he was, in fact, referring to Will and Jem. And would you look at that, the fans that are reading this with their knives out and ready have burst into tears. Mission accomplished.
More of this review coming later, when I actually finish the book. But I think it's safe to say that, so far, I dislike it. Very much.
*One week-or-so later*
I've finished the book now and can finally give you my final opinion. As you can see, it took me a while to finish. That's usually the case with books that rot my brain. Yeah, it didn't get better since I put up the first half of the review. No, it got worse. I did keep taking notes however, throughout my reading nightmare experience. In the other half of this review, you can see that I held Sebastian of all people in a higher light than the rest of them. At least he was smart, at least he knew exactly what he was doing, at least he hasn't changed from the, and I quote myself, "conceited, perpetually unconcerned ass" that he used to be. Yeah, well I even lost that respect. But I'll explain that nasty little detail later. There is much too much to complain about before we get to that debacle. So, as I did last time, I kept notes of the book on my iPhone while listening to the audiobook. These are the notes that I've kept, edited upon with my opinion after having finished the book.
Clary has lost every single one of the qualities of a respectable heroin that she once had. She may have gotten stronger, but it's almost as if this strength sucked away any ounce of intelligence she once had. On the one hand, she called Julius Caesar's Council 'traitors.' Maybe I'm wrong here, but I'm pretty sure I remember Caesar being a tyrannical ruler who was in love with the idea of freaking war, desecration, and calamitous destruction. Sure, he might have been great, but I think Brutus had the right idea when he tried to kill him. Not to mention, it finally woke him up in the end- 'Et tu, Brute?' And then he died, as if that were a statement of how awful a ruler he'd been. You know, it kind of draws a parallel. Except that Sebastian isn't giving up like Caesar. Not yet, anyway.
This book has become, without a shadow of a doubt, a Twilight double. Isabelle asks Simon to bite her. Begs him to bite her. She says "I know you can control yourself. I trust you." Does that remind you of anyone? Not to mention the awkward conversation afterward- "Did you like it?" "Yeah, I liked it." "Really?"
Did Meyer write that scene? And then, if things couldn't get any worse: "I thought maybe you were faking it." Does that sound like an innuendo to you guys, too? Women fake orgasms sometimes... so of course she was faking pleasure when a vampire bit her. I wish I had more than four arms with which to facepalm. And then... A Wizard of Oz reference. I might comment on that bit positively if it had any reason whatsoever to be there.
And then, later on, we see that Clary is going to put her life at risk in order to gain the trust of her brother and 'Boyfriend Gone Bad.' Yeah, see, she ends up in this apartment that can transport her to different places at her will's command. Howl's Moving Castle?
Well, at least if Clare's going to copy everyone's ideas, she's gonna copy some good ones.
About Brother Zacariah. Yeah, why does he care so much about Jace? He has long, slender fingers. Maybe he was once pretty sexy; you know, before he developed the whole Slenderman face and all...
Magnus wears leather pants. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
Clary, Jace, and Sebastian start taking about Battle like it's a three-way. A three-way that includes a brother and sister. No comment whatsoever. For fear of mentally scarring either myself, or all of you.
However, this quote was amusing: "Your verbal foreplay is boring and annoying." That it is, Sebastian. That. It. Is.
"Who's Sheldon?" Isabelle asked.
And then the faerie drugs. Why is it that every coming-of-age related novel I read has to consist of the hero or 'heroin' (it was a joke, guys; don't assault my spelling) getting either drunk, stoned, or losing his or her virginity? And it all happens the moment the love interest is discovered... I sense a disturbance in the force. There is a problem here.
Clary's unreasonably possesive, thinks of battle as a sexual experience, and dances like a whore. OUR PROTAGONIST, EVERYONE!
(Note: This is written before there was actually incest...) I swear, it's like incest all over again. 'Nobody's heart beat like Jace's' (Except Sebastian's, of course... and everyone else's). That could have been any stranger on the street and she wouldn't have known. Don't do drugs, kids! It's unhealthy, and you'll end up committing accidental incest.
(Again, before the actual incest came into play:) God, I love Sebastian. "I see that you've found out that that silvery stuff isn't just glitter." "I can hear angels singing..." "Come on, angel girl."
And later: "And you better believe it, because he belongs to me, now." Yaoi much, Sebastian? I swear, the fangirls just swooned.
During the DSCS (I forgot what it stood for, but it was some sort of witty acronym for 'dirty sexy sex scenes' thought up by the genius Cassandra Clare) at the party, I immediately wanted to scream at them to get a room. My note: Get. A. Room. Nobody wants to see you sagaciously whoring, Clary. Or you, Jace. High or not, nobody wants to see it. And then... "A couple walked past them and laughed, making a derisive comment. Clary couldn't understand it, but suspected that the gist was 'get a room.'" I told the frickin' future.
Again, before the incest incident: See? Sebastian is smart. He refuses the wine because he knows that it will cloud his thoughts. I've seen so many 'heroes' make that mistake in the past. Why is the supposed villain the only one with any sense in this book?
During the DSCS at the party, the supposed Jace is having a little too much fun:
Wait, but didn't Clare say that she couldn't imagine Jace and Clary having underage sex? How could she possibly have lied to...? Oh. So that's how she stops it. A dead human body that Clary suddenly sees even though, in that light, Jace, who is almost (No wait, forget I said 'almost') on top of her is merely a dark outline. I see that Clare really thought that one through.
Clary says, when she wakes up from her bout of unconsciousness, that she recognizes the marks and veins on Jace's arms. Didn't she already make that mistake... and it was Sebastian? Just don't trust your instincts, chick, because man are they ever screwed over....
Clary loses her ring... and has no idea where it's possibly gone.
Derp. Did anyone else notice that Sebastian held her hand for five freaking hours that night? Of course he stole the ring, you... idiot.
One of the only things I liked about this book was the brief flashback that Jocelyn had of Luke when she was marrying Valentine. Beter love story than Twilight, at least. Or at least much more interesting.
Later, we see that Clary is in Paris, hiding behind a parked car... Wait, back up. It is an awful idea to hide behind parked cars in France. Nothing against the French, of course, but I was nearly run over by a horse-drawn carriage in Paris, much more often cars. There's too much street and not nearly enough sidewalk. I've never gotten anywhere near getting hit by a car, and when I go to Paris, I'm nearly hit at least three times. Don't, Clary. Just... don't.
She's following Sebastian, and the voices in the hall seem like they're calling for her... "This way... Follow me...." Well, of course if you're looking for someone then voices in the room are going to alert you to where that person is. Unnecessary detail, Clare. Now you're just angering me.
Molly Quinn- The chick needs to fix her demon voice, because not only is it degrading to the demons, but it's annoying to anyone listening to her. I approve, however, of her French accent. That's about all I think she can skillfully do.
Odd, that the least experienced of them all can kill off six demons easily.
I have to keep saying this, but this was (again) a note that I had made before the whole incest element became evident: Why does it seem so strange to me that Sebastian is so dead set on making sure someone with his blood is still in the family? Are we going to do another blood ritual sometime soon, or...?
Does anyone else notice how many times that Cassie Clare describes things as smelling of 'boy?' Honestly, she's starting to scare me with all of these.... frightening propensities.
Do Shadowhunters really not deal well with people who aren't of their own kind? Alec- Magnus Lucian- Jocelyn Isabelle- Simon
Great. Penis jokes. Is there no level to which Clare will not sink? "Well, you've definitely grown."
You know how Clare said that she couldn't picture Clary and Jace having underage sex? Does anyone remember that? Yeah, now she can totally see them as those kinds of people, it seems. And the only way she can stop herself from breaking her vow? 'Nope, sorry guys. Y'all can't have sex because Clary would die. Or at least never be able to have a child again.'
(Now, I am starting to notice something is wrong with the situation...) Sebastian gives Clary a series of betrayed looks when he determines that she's slept with Jace. Sebastian looks at Clary with a lingering, studying expression... Yeah, definitely something wrong with this picture.
And then, finally: Wait! I take back every single positive thing I've said about Sebastian thus far! He says, "I would have shown you a good time," to his biological sister. It seems that Clare is devoted to making this story about incest.
Okay. Now I know why he wanted to keep another person of his blood alive. He wants to 'strengthen' the bloodline. So... who do we know who wants to 'strengthen' their bloodline...?
He tries to justify his sick idea by saying that the Egyptians did it all the time. Really?
I knew it. All of my suspicions were true. Puzzleshipping. Now that I have said it, it must be canon. So, kids, the object of your childhood is all up into incest. Definitely.
RAPE, RAPE, INCESTUAL RAPE!
More sex jokes, except now it's incest jokes. Why do I keep reading?
Oh! Note on Molly Quinn's Latin. It's horrible. She can't pronounce anything, not to mention it's pretty obvious that she had no idea what she's saying as she's saying it. She says "I invoke the Abyss! I invoke Lilith! I invoke my mother!" However, I can hardly translate it with her awful pronunciation. She does the same thing when she says "hic est innum calix sanguinis me!" Which actually translates to, as closely translated to English as I can manage, "This is my blood in the cup." Again, it's much too obvious that she had no clue what she'd been reading.
And... the realization: Holy sh*t. Brother Zacariah has to be William Herondale. Well, that's my first instinct, anyway. There's a possibility that it's Jem. And, Jace says briefly about A Tale of Two Cities, that 'she picks the boring guy.' Jem? I know she marries him, but with Clare, who knows what kind of trouble that Tessa's going to get into?
This will sound sad, but the only character that I'm actually getting any enjoyment out of now is Maureen. Such a sweet little girl, murdering people.
The fug you doing Clary, stealing Snape's line? "Will you wear it again?" "Always." At least say 'forever.' You disparage the bravest man Harry ever knew.
But, the very ending, the last bit of book, actually encouraged me to like it enough to give it two stars rather than one. The ending was perfect. Not the cheesy parts, but the torn angel wings. The angel wings, and the note.
I thought that Clare was at least partially respectable. Maybe I needed Quinn to show me how bad her books are, or maybe this one was just especially bad. I don't know. But I definitely did not like it. Save yourselves. Don't read this. (less)
So, this 977 page book that I read whenever I had any minute of free time, like now, at one in the morning, changed my life. Again. Even the second time...moreSo, this 977 page book that I read whenever I had any minute of free time, like now, at one in the morning, changed my life. Again. Even the second time around.
It was more than just a fantasy, a work of fiction, a work of subtle romance or suspense, it was a true tale of a boy struck by poverty, but still trying to find a path in life. It took whippings. It took enemies. It took pain and it took beatings, oh so many beatings, but somehow... somehow...
Age twelve, he returned to his family, his traveling home, to find himself deserted. Everyone he loved, his parents, his troupe, his teacher... gone. And so he learned of the Chandrian...
For the three years following, he learned to steal, to beg; callouses formed on his hands and feet, and he developed a strong sense of self-perservation that can only be found in the poor, wounded soul of a young boy who has been beaten more than he can remember, and considered an apple core a blessing.
Later, he somehow, upon miles and miles of emotional and physical strain, arrives at the place of his dreams. A place he'd come to hold as a equal fantasy to those of a storybook faerie tale. The University. He fought hard, he cheated, he found himself getting away with crimes that laid grounds for expulsion just to get in with a reasonable tuition cost. And he did it. He played music for money, he touched souls with his fingers, and brought tears with his voice. And he made enough to live by. He found a woman, a woman who he had no chance of getting closer to than a friend. And he... well, that is yet to be discovered.
Kvothe has many names, more than any single man deserves. He is the center of many stories, the hero in some, the villain in others. He is dead, a legend.
In the minds of others, he is. But Inkeeper Kote knows otherwise.
And now he tells his story.
He is Kvothe. He has talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that made the minstrels weep. He was expelled from the University at a younger age than most were allowed in.
He is Kote. An inkeeper belonging to the Waystone, with his assistant Bast. He sells good food and offers rooms and drinks to those on the roads, fading into his work.
He is the boy, the man, with eyes as dark as midnight forest, pale as frost on leaves, bright as the grass in spring.
His is the Kingkiller.
When the hearthfire turns to blue, What to do? What to do? Run outside. Run and hide.
When his eyes are black as crow? Where to go? Where to go? Near and far. Here they are.
When your bright sword turns to rust? Who to trust? Who to trust? Stand alone. Standing stone.
See a woman white as snow? Silent come and silent go. What's their plan? What's their plan? Chandrian. Chandrian.
See a man without a face? Move like ghosts from place to place. What's their plan? What's their plan? Chandrian. Chandrain.
(Kingkiller Chronicle, book 1- The Name of the Wind)
Dear Lord, if I recommend anything, I recommend this. (less)
Capaill uisce- A predatory, fey horse of the sea. Aroused by the coming of November, they take to the land, ready to kill.
The Scorpio Races- A dangero...moreCapaill uisce- A predatory, fey horse of the sea. Aroused by the coming of November, they take to the land, ready to kill.
The Scorpio Races- A dangerous sporting event participated in by the locals of the Island Thisby in which competitors must capture and train one of the Capall to race near the alluring waves of the ocean.
Turning to the first page, I was prepared for another Shiver. Gently closing the cover, I felt the ghost of tears. Maggie Stiefvater had never been one of the candidates for such a feat. This book was meant to be about the legend of the faerie water horses, commonly known by us urban fantasy readers as 'kelpies,' but that was only the coloring of the dresses at the ball. This story tells so much more of determination, confidence, and a love so fierce between a man and his horse that not even the ocean could interrupt it. Tells so much more of ferocity, rebellion, and the ability and will to believe in the power of a mere girl on her tiny horse against monsters of strength and teeth. This was not another Shiver. This was better than Shiver. This was hope and strength and love. And Sean Kendrick on his stallion, Corr. Winning for his horse And Puck Connally on her mare, Dove. Winning for her house. Desperation a driving force to win. (less)
It was quite a thrill ride of self-realization, fear, guilt, lies, love, and complete uncertainty. And to think, in the point of view of a super girly...moreIt was quite a thrill ride of self-realization, fear, guilt, lies, love, and complete uncertainty. And to think, in the point of view of a super girly girl carrying a knife with a pink handle and a trusty hot-pink taser with gemstones named "Tasey."
Really good book, even if the main character was someone I couldn't relate to at all. You can't help but really like it no matter who you are, despite how the writing was that of a teenage girly stereotype with a job of hunting down and neutralizing paranormals.
Very cute. Very fun.
And the ending was very suspenseful, she made a very difficult choice, a choice where it was hard to distinguish what was right and wrong.
This book definitely deserves a 4.5. It began with a regular girl, maybe a bit ignored, maybe a bit unpopular, but regular all the same. But when someo...moreThis book definitely deserves a 4.5. It began with a regular girl, maybe a bit ignored, maybe a bit unpopular, but regular all the same. But when someone she loves is put into danger, her life spins out of control. Robbie, her best friend, leads her into a completely different world, one where she is at bottom of the food-chain. She then meets Ash, a sexy, cold hearted prince of the Unseelie Court. He, after making a deal with her proclaiming that he can bring her to Queen Mab after his assistance, accompanies them. Ethan, Meghan's beloved half-brother, is being held captive by the feral, vicious fey. The story twists and turns- romance, suspense, and determination weave into an intricate pattern- creating this story of a girl who has become a victim of the fey.
Let's talk about the characters: Puck- A clever trickster with plenty of enemies, including prince Ash. He is very close to Meghan and takes her to the world of the fey to find her precious half-brother. He would never leave her side unless it would save her and is desperately loyal and tied to her. His amused, uninterested mask hides a soft heart. Ash- An icy, sexy prince who refuses to let Meghan break through to his inner soul. Battle scarred and sworn by oath to kill Puck, Ash is quite a lovable character. He is sent out to capture Meghan and bring her back to his Queen, but has agreed to help her free her brother first. Grimalkin- A cat. A Cait Sith to be exact. He helps them along their journey in exchange for favors promised to him, and his own amusement. I won't go into the others, but I must say that this book is worth your while and you will enjoy it.(less)
Great! There where times when I didn't like it as much, and times when I LOVED it, so it was hard to decide what to rate it. I finally decided that it...moreGreat! There where times when I didn't like it as much, and times when I LOVED it, so it was hard to decide what to rate it. I finally decided that it deserved 4 stars, because it didn't quite reach 5. Aww... Puck....(less)
3 1/2 stars. This book was just short of Extraordinary. The main character was quite realistic, which is a great thing in writing, considering how many...more3 1/2 stars. This book was just short of Extraordinary. The main character was quite realistic, which is a great thing in writing, considering how many authors tend to make their character's infallible. And Phoebe made very bad choices, which is probably the reality of the life of a teenage girl. Although it was rather hard to get into, once you got into the climax, it had a bit of a stronger hold on your attention. I liked Impossible much better than this book, but this book wasn't bad at all. It was very touching, and it taught quite a lesson about self-love, confidence, choices, and the love of the people around you. It taught that whoever you are, and however many people think that you are ordinary, unnoticeable, or indiscernible, there will always be someone who thinks you are extraordinary, even if you don't believe it yourself.(less)
I am not at all... ah... I suppose I should say the 'right' person to hear from, if you want to know about the book. I am merely 15. As you may have no...moreI am not at all... ah... I suppose I should say the 'right' person to hear from, if you want to know about the book. I am merely 15. As you may have noticed, Artemis is also fifteen (Sort of). Now, he might be the man of my dreams if he existed, but as such is neither true nor is it reasonable, I am working very hard not to find that issue a problem. Besides, he would be surrounded by other fictional characters. Like Draco Malfoy, Quentin, and such and so on. Anyway, I found the brown-eye/blue-eye thing kind of sexy. Admit it, so did you. Anyway, all I'm saying is that if you're looking for a critical review, you will not find such here. Here, praise is all that will be spoken... I suggest you search elsewhere for the angry reviews (It's okay, I do it, too. Just to see what people HATE about the book, as well as what the other, much more reasonable, people liked about it.)
Shall we move on? First and foremost, the elephant in the room. In every book, Artemis changes... just a little bit, maybe, because of those he knows in the Lower Elements. It's obvious how this book takes that slow growth, and very slowly gives you signs of his growing sentimentality. A whisper of sympathy here, a hiss of guilt there... nothing big, we all expect that after reading the previous books, I assume, correct? What is completely unexpected is the sacrifice he eventually makes to save all the people he must have completely vexed in his entire life. This, I think, is the final compensation.
Holly Short, the other protagonist of ours, is of course also very important. The bond she had somehow managed to forge between Artemis and herself was... immensely solid. The fact that he originally kidnapped her... and somehow they end up being the dearest of friends... is quite the lesson to humankind. Forgive thy enemy. Her love for him is incredible, and I am separate from the crowd that demands they become a couple, because I feel like that's enough.
Butler. I can't even... describe the pains Butler goes through to keep that boy safe and alive. He must love the Fowl family more than anything, because that man is devoted. He nearly died, more than once or twice, to save him. And he would do so again, if it meant that any of the Fowls (primarily Artemis the Second, as he is the only one to put himself in such situations) were in danger and could be saved.
I would also like to dedicate a simple praise to Foaly, who loves his wife to a degree unconceivable to us filthy Mud People. I would also like to mention that I did enjoy that short chapter in which Cabelline was in the spot-light.
I was a Harry Potter fan (As you can see by my small Draco reference up there. I'm all for Snilly and Dramione. Especially Snilly. Snape was my favorite BEFORE he was the good guy.) and I've been wondering over how some series are just perfect for things like this. I, of course, wasn't the age to 'grow up with the books' as Harry Potter came out; no, I just devoured them when I was 12 and moved on. But with Artemis Fowl... I could actually grow up with them, and that, I suppose, is why I'm so completely smitten with them. I read the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth book at random places in my constant stream of books between the ages of 12 and 14. Upon hearing of the seventh book's release, I was all over it. Now, as I will go on to explain in further detail than that small mention in the first paragraph, I am 15 at the point in which Artemis is 15 (Sort of). And it was similarly so in the other books as well. I was with an age of the boy in question. That did a lot to boost my love of the books.
In summary, I couldn't ever put them down. And so as my advice to you, dear reader of this review, it is, indeed, worth it. If you haven't yet begun the series... I believe in magic, so should you. I read Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter, and the Magicians. I know it's real.
Also, in case you have read the book: (view spoiler)[So, Holly is the narrator all along. The last book ends as the first begins, so naturally, Holly must have been the one telling us of events the entire series. Who would have known? Of course, there are points at which she couldn't possibly be narrating (as some things are not being spoken aloud) but I imagine that a very large portion of the books is merely Holly explaining to Artemis their past. (hide spoiler)]
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Interesting combination of Science Fiction and Fantasy. It didn't quite get four starts from me because of the results of Butcher's casual story-telli...moreInteresting combination of Science Fiction and Fantasy. It didn't quite get four starts from me because of the results of Butcher's casual story-telling style of writing. I can like that style sometimes, but there were a few instances while reading it that made me a little skeptical. I was glad not to have abandoned it, though. It took me a while to get further into it, but eventually it caught my attention as I got as frantic to help Harry as he was to help himself. To be honest, I wanted to laugh at Morgan, too. The end was a much more enthralling experience than the beginning, and I decided I really liked Mr. Dresden, despite some of my reservations in the past.
Quite the book, actually. Entertaining, modern magic, like Harry Potter and Narnia grew up and had a child that caused a rather messy divorce. It's th...moreQuite the book, actually. Entertaining, modern magic, like Harry Potter and Narnia grew up and had a child that caused a rather messy divorce. It's the best way to describe it. (less)