"I had such high hopes for you." So said the Emperor to Galen as he butchered him on the operating table, grafting metal to his skin. (view spoiler)[T"I had such high hopes for you." So said the Emperor to Galen as he butchered him on the operating table, grafting metal to his skin. (view spoiler)[This isn't canon, but the video game has an alternate ending where that cutscene exists. (hide spoiler)]
"I had such high hopes for you." So said I before writing a review on how the author butchered this book.
First let me just say that I was enchanted about a quarter of the way through, just before she went back to her family. I mean I came in expecting nothing (getting a free book tends to do that to you), and was pleasantly surprised when I wasn't immediately met with a horrible bitch in the role of a main character. Instead I was greeted with a character who was slightly rude, badass in a regular way (no magic, or teeth, and shifting at midnight.) She rode motorcycles in late-night street racing, and could sense magic. So far so good. I even started to raise my expectations a little.
And then it hit. She was taken back to her house and turned into a grade-A Mary-Sue. She no longer was able to make decisions for herself. She whined, and waxed eloquent about how things were too hard, or were too human. She was boring.
Then she had to go and get her eye set on a boy, so that we could have a romance angle added to the novel. This is a call to all authors so they know that a book can still be complete without a romantic angle.
I suppose I should be grateful for small mercies: at least there wasn't a true love triangle.
Halfway through the book and I was wondering when anything interesting would happen. The girl's life had turned from just barely surviving by the skin of her teeth to "familial" espionage (if the silly, shallow mindbogglingly boring life of a teenage girl can be considered espionage). We meet nobody-boy with an on-again off-again relationship - you know, the one where either one or both of the characters says: "I'm not good for you, but still. But no! But still!", etc. etc.
From then on, the book just goes downhill, culminating in a predictable safe finish.
I never did get to see her motorcycle-riding badassery show up again. I feel cheated.
One final thing: You'll probably notice I didn't use the girl's name. The reason behind that is not some subliminal message or something. The fact of the matter is I simply forgot. And I only read this book two days ago. I guess I really was bored.
This is not a book you read, or have on your shelf because it's good writing. Or even because the book is interesting. The only reason I have shelvedThis is not a book you read, or have on your shelf because it's good writing. Or even because the book is interesting. The only reason I have shelved this book is because of the shock value of the title. That's it. The book itself is so short and bad it's not even worth mentioning....more