**spoiler alert** 3 stars because I was semi-interested to see where this went, despite the constant voice in my head that kept saying this was such a...more**spoiler alert** 3 stars because I was semi-interested to see where this went, despite the constant voice in my head that kept saying this was such a blatant rip-off of The Hunger Games that it was hard to keep my eye-rolls in check and focused on what I was trying to read. By the end of the book I really think it merits more of just 2 stars because the ridiculous introduction of the love interest between two characters which really just comes out of nowhere...the author tries to claim they have history, but it never sounded like any sort of history that would qualify for either person to all of a sudden be head-over-heels in love with the other.
I kept thinking to myself that this surely had to be some sort of Hunger Games fan fiction that was adapted to become "its own" book - it's that similar. None of the relationships are believable, nor did I find myself caring about any of the characters. And the girl's need to come off as strong is just too much...it made her annoying. Meh. (less)
**spoiler alert** So disappointing. What else is there to say except that? I felt like most people seem to - the majority of the book was a waste of t...more**spoiler alert** So disappointing. What else is there to say except that? I felt like most people seem to - the majority of the book was a waste of time, Jack is more annoying than ever, Cole gets amnesia and loses his personality, Nikki acts incredibly selfishly, Cole commits suicide. What?
Honestly I felt like smacking myself with this book at times...the length of time it took for Nikki and Jack to figure things out, Jack's new hulk-like personality (and physicality), Nikki's personality in general, Jack (oh wait - I already said that...well, I'll say it again because he was THAT annoying), and Cole dying in the end just...so, so disappointing. And how Nikki was so incredibly stupid to not get what the queen meant would happen to Everlivings if their heart was destroyed even AFTER she disintegrated into ash...well, DUH.
I don't know what else to say. Cole was the best character in the series and she killed him off, put Nikki and Jack back together (sorry, I never "felt" their relationship...there was always more chemistry between Nikki and Cole), and Nikki gets sent to rehab for drugs? I think I'll just pretend I never read this and live in a world where Nikki agrees to take over the underworld with Cole and oh, I don't know, maybe use all that power for good? *shaking head*(less)
**spoiler alert** I suppose it could be more of a 3.5 - this is hard to rate. I just didn't find myself as interested in this one as I was with some o...more**spoiler alert** I suppose it could be more of a 3.5 - this is hard to rate. I just didn't find myself as interested in this one as I was with some of the others in the series.
I really enjoyed this series overall - maybe I feel like it could have been just 3 books instead of dragging it out to 4? I think what's bugging me most about that was the third book was really just a bunch of Laurel going back and forth in the love triangle - which was annoying. And this 4th book, well - 3/4 of it was a constant fight scene (and not an overly entertaining one). It dragged on. And on. As a comparison - in the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn everyone was expecting some major showdown fight scene and nothing really happened, which left a lot of people a bit disappointed. Well, in Destined it's sort of like the author took the opposite approach and did overkill with the never-ending fight scene. I know not everyone will feel this way, it just got to me - I felt detached from the characters for most of the book and grew tired of reading about who kicked what and who pulled out what knife, how Laurel managed to roll away just in time, etc., etc. There was just a lack of emotion, period. Like some other reviewers have said, for a lot of the book I felt like I was reading about nothing, yet there was all this action - it was sort of bizarre.
David and the King Arthur sword was interesting, but a little annoying in a way - he always felt so inferior to Tamani, and suddenly he gets this magic moment to be the strongest, most unstoppable troll-slaughtering hero? It was a little much. And I knew it was going to have some sort of huge impact on him. I did like the way the author ended the series - the letter was very bittersweet, but I guess he did what he believed he had to do to move on with his life. At least he wrote it all down before he had his memory wiped; I really don't know how I feel about his choice to do that. But - at the same time, he did sort of lose part of himself when Laurel entered his life, and if going back to - as he said - the "David Chelsea once knew" was what he wanted, it's understandable. It was also nice to see David and Tamani come to terms with each other, and the hint that maybe, even after he doesn't remember him anymore, maybe they'll still get to meet and be friends again. Most of all, I'm happy because Laurel chose to be with Tamani.(less)
This book was good enough overall - partly why I'm torn with the rating (yet again). Don't get me wrong - I won't fault anyone that completely loves t...moreThis book was good enough overall - partly why I'm torn with the rating (yet again). Don't get me wrong - I won't fault anyone that completely loves these books, it's just my opinion. I do enjoy reading them, I just struggle a bit to get back into each one that comes out.
I think the main problem I'm having with it is that I just don't care about Jace & Clary anymore. I'm actually sort of tired of them...too much angst, too much drama for too long, I think. That and when they are together, I just don't "get" their connection - for some reason it doesn't work for me. Another big issue I have is Jace himself; I'm sick of his ego. It's great he's sure of himself and how he looks, but I've heard enough about it to last a lifetime - if someone like him really existed he might just get slapped on a daily basis.
**spoiler alert** Sadly this is almost less than 3 stars for me...the ending slightly improved it, but then there was the horrible cliffhanger. My big...more**spoiler alert** Sadly this is almost less than 3 stars for me...the ending slightly improved it, but then there was the horrible cliffhanger. My biggest complaint was that this was a lot of nothing. Nothing happening, nothing going on, just a lot of Kate complaining to herself. And when she wasn't doing that then we were being told what she was eating (I don't know why that annoyed me...but if I'm annoyed by that then there really must not have been anything happening, ha ha) or how much of a bad ass fighter she was becoming with all the training. I get it, Kate. You can try and defend yourself. Good for you.
The relationship between her and Vincent was just sort of lacking in this book. They had separate issues, sure - but I just wasn't feeling it like in the first book. I want to see them together more - maybe that was part of the problem here, they were both on separate missions a lot of the time. And I suppose my biggest complaint is that the bad guy (or in this case girl) was Just. So. Obvious. I mean really, Kate? How she didn't see that coming is so beyond me...the second Violette was introduced I knew she would be a huge problem.
Anyway I'm just disappointed in general. It took me a while to get through this book, I just kept setting it down because it wasn't holding my interest. I'll read the last in the series just because I want to know what happens, but please - please don't let it be as boring as this one. This book was the epitome of "second book syndrome." (less)