I had expectations for this book, but I found it to be a terrible disappointment. Where to begin with?
First of all, I have lost most of the respect I...moreI had expectations for this book, but I found it to be a terrible disappointment. Where to begin with?
First of all, I have lost most of the respect I had for Bella as a character. Her obsession for Edward has really gone overboard, to the point of becoming downright annoying, even unhealthy. She worships the ground he walks on, and is all too ready to dump her parents and friends just so she can spend more time with him without growing old. She doesn't seem to have any serious problem with the idea of making her parents worry, or the thought of never see them again... she's willing to stomp over anything that isn't Edward, even things that can enrich her life. She's like a satellite, her boring life revolving solely around him. She has no self-worth, and spends a good deal of the book whining, complaining and sighing, I really wanted to shake her hard at times and tell her to GET A LIFE.
I also find it deeply disturbing that Bella is not more repulsed by the idea of blood lust. How could she accept the thought that she will want to kill people (even her family) so easily, just because of him?
Second, Edward has gone from charming to BORING. There is such a thing as being too perfect (read: dull), and Edward fits the mold perfectly. His character is so flat, and how many times can we hear Bella and Edward exchange their love for one another before becoming bored? I mean honestly, how perfect can he be before it simply becomes ridiculous? Most of the book is spent on the two of them fawning over each other and Bella saying over and over and over again how sexy and good-looking he is. Writing tip for the author: You don't need to tell us countless times that your character is wonderful. Actions speak for themselves. Jane Austen didn't need to remind us several times that Mr. Darcy was perfect... he simply was.
Third... Jacob. He's the reason I gave this book 2 stars. He was the most compelling character in the book. He wasn't perfect, but he was fun, honest, and very human, making big mistakes, but always trying to do his best... he was impossible not to love. He was real, not a perfect pretty doll with no flaws. Sadly, he was mostly wasted.
I also the think the magic Twilight had dissapeared. I liked the books because the author made the whole vampire/werewolf thing so credible, but now, with armies of vampires raging through Washington, credibility has gone out the window. Also the whole book was focused on on a love triangle that everybody knew how it would end, and it made everything very predictable. And how come nobody saw that Victoria was behind the killings, when it was so darn obvious even to the casual reader? Were they stupid? Overall, a great disappointment, I'm not sure if I'll read the next book in the series. Why bother? (less)
I'm giving this book 2 stars because I enjoyed reading it, I'm a fan of Greek mythology since I was a kid, and I liked the author's concept of bringin...moreI'm giving this book 2 stars because I enjoyed reading it, I'm a fan of Greek mythology since I was a kid, and I liked the author's concept of bringing them into the 21st century.
HOWEVER, and this is my personal opinion, there were too many plot holes that annoyed the heck out of me. Firstly, how can Athena, the great goddess of wisdom, have multiple kids when she has always been a virgin goddess since ancient times? She's supposed to be a model of virtue, so how and why did she throw her dignity out of the window and became a loose woman who sleeps with multiple men and leaves the resulting babies to be raised by her former lovers? That simply sucks BIG time, and there was nothing in the book that explained her sudden change of behavior. She's the mother of one of the 3 protagonists, and that's it, no questions asked.
Another thing that greatly annoyed me was the main character's mother. She got pregnant by the god Poseidon, who she loved, but rejected his offer of living with him because she wanted to be "independent". So then she got married to a disgusting slob who regularly abused her and her son, and lived in near poverty as an abused housewife. Makes sense, huh? Oh yeah, and she did all this to "protect" her son, who wouldn't have needed such protection if she had just stayed with Poseidon in the first place. A more stupid woman is hard to find.
There were other minor annoyances, but these were the worst ones. It is a shame, since the rest of the book was decent enough, but I will not continue this series.(less)
I truly loved this volume. The character development, the sweet reunion scenes, the background story, the action... everything is nicely done, with a...moreI truly loved this volume. The character development, the sweet reunion scenes, the background story, the action... everything is nicely done, with a certain poetic undertone that very few mangas are able to achieve. This manga just keep getting better with each volume, I can't wait to see how this will end. Greatly reccommended for people tired of the stereotypical action/romance stories, you can't go wrong with this series! (less)
It is hard to review a book as popular as this one is, especially when it was preceded with so much hype, but I'll make an effort...
'Deathly Hallows'...moreIt is hard to review a book as popular as this one is, especially when it was preceded with so much hype, but I'll make an effort...
'Deathly Hallows' is a masterful way to end possibly the best children and young adult's series of the decade. I will go on to say that it will become a classic, and that my respect for Rowling has increased after reading it. Kudos to her for tackling the hard themes of death and redemption, something rare to see in children's literature, and for not softening the hard blow of seeing a character you love die. The characters in Rowling's word are realistic... they are neither perfect nor saints, yet we feel much closer to them precisely because they make mistakes... they aren't born perfect, but they try to do their best with what they have, stumbling along the way, but always trying to do the right thing despite their own flaws.
Many people disliked the epilogue of the book, but for me it was wonderful to see the characters I love finally achieve their dreams and be happy despite the many hardships they faced... the world is at peace at last, what better way to end a series? (less)