I AM CRYING. CRYING CRYING CRYING. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH.
Don't expect a lot of werewolves. Expect a lot of personality. Expect these two sinners to doI AM CRYING. CRYING CRYING CRYING. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH.
Don't expect a lot of werewolves. Expect a lot of personality. Expect these two sinners to do some sinful things, though I don't understand how Isabel has really sinned, per say.
(view spoiler)[ JEREMY AND SOPHIA, AND THEN ISABEL WAS LIKE WHAT THE HELL. I ALMOST DIED LAUGHING. AND THEN THE DESSERT PLACE AND THE TSHIRT ISABEL GOT FOR COLE. AND THE GARDEN WITH THE FLOWERS AND COLE'S SMILE AND HIS PERSONALITY. AND THEN HER PARENT'S DIVORCE AND THE END. AND LEON. I CAN'T DEAL. HELP. I LOVE THIS. MAGGIE STIEFVATER I LOVE YOU. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
You must, and I mean must, read this series. It's beautiful. Beautiful characters, beautiful writing, beautiful cars, beautGuys, please listen to me.
You must, and I mean must, read this series. It's beautiful. Beautiful characters, beautiful writing, beautiful cars, beautiful everything. This book will make you cry, laugh, shiver (see what I did there), etc, etc, etc.
And now I will list the reasons why I love this book. If you haven't read the book, well, sucks for you. Read it and come back to this review.
1. Ronan and Adam . Chapter 20. I ship Ronan and Adam so much. Adam's character grew on me! Like holy crap guys! Seriously. I was kind of disappointed that chapter 20 was the most important/lovely/amazing/SEXUAL RonanxAdam moment, but still. This book has made me love Ronan and Adam more. This book made me love them as a couple and also their individual characters. I love Ronan's charm more than anything. His "charm". Hands down Ronan is my favorite Raven Boy. And before chapter 20, when Ronan brought cream for Adam's hands. That was adorable, my heart was melting. My favorite favorite favorite line in chapter 20:
"As they moved through the old barn, Adam felt Ronan's eyes glance off him and away, his disinterest practiced but incomplete. Adam wondered if anyone else noticed. Part of him wished they did and immediately felt bad, because it was vanity, really: See, Adam Parrish is wantable, worthy of a crush, not just by anyone, someone like Ronan, who could want Gansey or anyone else and chose Adam for his hungry eyes. Maybe he was wrong. He could be wrong. I am unknowable, Ronan Lynch."
2. Gansey and Blue Their cuddles in the car late at night! Their phone calls late at night! Their almost kiss! No. Everything about that night before they found Gwenllian was perfect. Seriously, they were about to kiss! And all I was thinking was DO IT! FUCK, BLUE, DO IT! HE'S GOING TO DIE ANYWAY. At least, I would have kissed him. But then again, I make pretty emotional decisions that hurts me in the long run... Seriously, throughout that whole scene, my heart was fluttering.
3. Gwenllian. In Jesse's cave. In that tomb. Tat chapter freaked the FUCK out of me. Hair moving, creepy woman manically screaming and laughing? That was fucked. But it was good. It was fucking good. But it was fucking scary. Whatever, I loved it all the same.
4. Jesse Dittley! I was actually pretty upset he had to go. I thought he added a lot to the story--his character was so different and I really liked that.
Next time: please let there be more Adamx Ronan. Please, please, please? I don't think Adam's gay. But in reality, I have no idea. Adam is, to me, the most mysterious of the Raven boys. I can't get a good read on him. I just want Ronan to be happy, please.
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Looking back, I can’t imagine why and how this book took so long to be told! George R. R. Martin is creating a greatThis one was hard to get through.
Looking back, I can’t imagine why and how this book took so long to be told! George R. R. Martin is creating a great story, that’s not the problem. The problem is that everything felt so slow and that everything dragged on and on and on.
I started reading this in June and didn’t finish until September. WTF.
Anyway, another epic adventure of our beloved and most hated characters.
Ramble thought time: (view spoiler)[ Where do I begin? I admired Cersei and Daenerys a lot more in this book than the previous installments. Their courage and will was actually incredible. Cersei broke down halfway through that walk but still. I probably would have pooped myself (and everyone would have saw) if I were forced to trek that distance IN FRONT OF THE PUBLIC naked. And I really admired how Daenerys gave up her love for Daario for peace. And then she fearlessly stood up to Drogon and ended up riding him! All rise for Queen Daenerys!! And then there’s Barristan Selmy! What an epic hero! I was so scared he was going to get cut in half by that whip. I cheered after Barristan slayed Khrazz. Speaking of things happening in Meeren, poor Quentyn Martell. I felt so bad for him, but at least he died trying, and I hope his father realizes that.
And somewhere else in Essos… Tyrion and Penny! I ship them, does anyone else? Tyrion’s adventures were the best part of the book. From King’s Landing to Magister Illyrio to Aegon Targaryen to becoming a slave and then a sellsword, only Tyrion would get away with things from his incredible snarky remarks.
THEON GREYJOY HOLY SHIT. He finally found himself, and he escaped Ramsay! Good job, I hope you never go back to Ramsay because FUCK that would suck.
Who else can I talk about? Jon Snow is not dead. I refuse to believe he is dead. Actually, I kind of ship him and Val together… but seriously, he can’t be dead. And another important character that I can’t forget to talk about is Aegon Targaryen and Jon Connington . I hope they win this game of thrones. I was rooting for House Tyrell but meh, move over, the real king is here. (hide spoiler)]
I would like more of this story, obviously. And Winds of Winter comes out…soon? I hope. I’ve been reading a new installment every summer since 2012. (Books 1-3 summer of 2012, book 4 summer of 2013 and book 5 now). WILL I BE ABLE TO READ WINDS OF WINTER NEXT SUMMER? Probably not.
A Dance with Dragons has just set up more suspense and climax for the EPICNESS that will soon resolve. I actually don’t know how this story will be told in 2 more books!
Long live the King!
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The most vivid dream I’ve ever had was crazy. It was filled with magic and blood and smoke. In my dream, I was in love with the enemy (as cheesy as thThe most vivid dream I’ve ever had was crazy. It was filled with magic and blood and smoke. In my dream, I was in love with the enemy (as cheesy as that sounds, I know). When the time came to kill him, I couldn’t. I dropped my weapon onto the floor, fell to my knees, and hoped he would be the one to end me because I just couldn’t kill him. No matter what he had done to me and my family, my world, I was still in love with him. I woke up crying and screaming. The entire thing was a mess, I was a mess. My nose was running, I could taste the snot in my mouth. I barley recognized myself in the mirror. My eyes swelled up the size of not normal looking eyes. I was drenched and my entire face was just fucked from crying.
My dream literally reminds me of the struggle between Karou and Akiva, the chimera and the seraphim. And throughout the entire time I was reading this book, I just couldn’t wait to see how the story was going to play out.
Laini Taylor, you are a magical creature, and I adore your story.
What I loved most about this book was Taylor’s ability to allow us to connect to the monsters and the angels. She has this amazing way of writing that makes us feel more than we should. Each perspective gives us a piece of the whole picture and I absolutely loved that! Honestly, it was genius. We see the world at large, we’re not just concerned with what the angels are doing or what the chimera are doing. And JESUS, the new characters that Taylor created were absolutely fucking amazing and just overall badass and beautiful. (view spoiler)[ Rath! I want more Rath! I refuse to believe he will never be resurrected. And I want more perspectives with Sarazal and Sveva. I ship Sarazel with Rath by the way, for some unknown reason. (hide spoiler)] And don’t even get me started on Liraz and Hazael. Taylor did an amazing job at developing those characters. In the first book, they were pretty much just there, but in this installment, MAN, did they grow on me. Hazael , especially. Oh Hazael, you are my favorite.
(view spoiler)[ Poor, poor Hazael! What an amazing character, I absolutely loved him. And then he DIEEEDDD! And, of course, when there are characters I like, there will also be characters I disliked. Fucking Thiago and Ten. The biggest difference between Jael and Thiago/Ten is that Jael is holy-balls intelligent. Thiago/Ten isn’t. They’re so fucking similar that I’m just going to group them together as a whole. That scene when Thiago almost raped Karou. HOLY BALLS. I was scared. I was so scared. God, Taylor does a great job at installing fear in you. TAYLOR YOU’RE AN AMAZING WRITER, TEACH ME YOUR WAYS. (hide spoiler)]
This book is absolutely brilliant. I don’t know how many times I can say that. Taylor is just so creative. The entire plot just kept rolling and rolling. But what really got me (in a bad way) was the act of rolling itself.
The reason why I didn’t really love this book was because of the pacing. I mean, it was pretty bad. I don’t know, nothing much happened and then too much happened, and then nothing really happened. At one point, I just wanted to give up reading the book because as interesting as it was, I was just waiting for the conclusion to happen. I was about to drop everything and Google the spoilers.
Okay, so here’s a thing: I know I talked about how cool all the characters were but I need to confess something. Our two main characters, Akiva and Karou, completely fell flat to me. This book was driven by all the characters minus the two forbidden lovers. Let me explain Akiva first. Akiva’s character was blatantly undeveloped. He was two-dimensional throughout the whole book, and I didn’t feel him at all. Whatever he did, I was just disinterested and going along with the story because fuck what he does. It was frustrating to feel so fucking disconnected to one of the main characters, and that took away a lot from the book. And what happened to Karou? I loved her so much in the first book, but something was off…
Regardless, this series is definitely one of the best young-adult literature I’ve read in a while. It hits you hard, and you won’t be able to stop thinking about the story and where it’s going.
My dream, the one I was talking about in the beginning, had no conclusion. I would never know if my lover killed me or not. Maybe we would have run away together, or maybe we would have died together. Even though I personally can’t feel the love Karou and Akiva have for each other, I know it’s there, and I’M SO CURIOUS on what’s going to happen next. Because as fucked up and weird as it sounds, I know what Karou’s going through. I know it sounds silly because my dream was, well, just a dream, but nothing had ever been more legit.
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I couldn’t finish this book the first time I read it. Something about it was just so slow and so boring and so… dull? I can’t find the words to descriI couldn’t finish this book the first time I read it. Something about it was just so slow and so boring and so… dull? I can’t find the words to describe it because it’s not that nothing happens. It’s just that nothing spark-worthy happens. Nothing bothers me more than when a book becomes a chore to read. Come on friends, you know what I’m talking about. That feeling, that dreaded feeling you get when you have to do something you don’t want to do. You can feel your heavy heart slow down because even thinking about doing that dreaded thing makes you biologically dysfunctional. And then you procrastinate and find yourself being a couch potato because you would rather do nothing than do that dreaded thing. But then you feel frustrated because you hate doing nothing but you also hate doing that dreaded thing. And then you go crazy. I didn’t want to go crazy so I decided I wasn’t going to make myself do something I didn’t want to do. However, I did swear on my heart that I would finish it one day.
2 years later, (literally) I decide it’s time. I mean, I absolutely love the Wolves of Mercy Fall series! I absolutely love The Raven Boys series! I read the first two books and holy shit I was in love. (And I’m still in love. The third book comes out in October. AND FRIENDS, HAVE YOU SEEN THAT COVER???) So I thought to myself I just needed to read this book again! I needed to solidify my love for Stiefvater books.
But guess what? This book was still as boring and boring and boring as I last read it two years ago. Don’t get me wrong, Puck and Sean are very unique characters. In fact, Puck is ultimately very brave and goes through an incredible character development, so does Sean. And don’t get me started on George Holly. (view spoiler)[ His relationship with Sean was just precious (hide spoiler)]. Honestly, the last few chapters of the book made up for the first eighty percent of it because the first eighty percent of this book was fucked up and that ruined the whole story for me.
So why was it fucked up?
Two words: The development.
Stiefvater took her own sweet time to develop the characters and the world. Everything kept building and building and building. I can’t believe I’m saying this but less would have been more. Here’s an example. Let’s say you just came back from a road trip. And you launch into your story about the exciting adventure you and your friends went on. You tell your family how many apples you bought for the road, how many water bottles you bought for the road, which hotels you planned on staying in, which hotels you didn't plan on staying in, how you met the friends that you’re going on the road trip with, why you invited Taylor and not Alex. This list can go and on. News fucking flash. Your family doesn’t really care about that. They want to know happened on the road trip. Did Taylor hook up with Sam? Or did Rowan hook up with Sam? Or maybe Taylor, Sam and Rowan all hooked up with each other? We would like to get to the climax today. Not tomorrow.
I went into his novel thinking the race was going to take up the entirety of the book. Oh boy was I wrong! The entire race was written in a chapter. In the last 20 pages or so. More than three quarters of the book was used development. Too much development and not enough action. Development is good, but as I said, less would have been more. In the end, all the development and build-up was just boring and disinteresting and that equated to a bad story telling experience.
It pains me, seriously.
It pains me that I didn’t like this book because Maggie Stiefvater is, and probably will always be, my favorite young-adult author. There’s something incredible about the way she tells stories and her WRITING. GOD, THE WRITING is breathtaking and beautiful. SERIOUSLY.
It pains me that the best part of this book was the end. The end was so fucking good! It pains me that the ending made me so happy but the beginning was such a fucking drag and I hated it. I desperately wished the end could have been as good as the entire story.
I guess Stiefvater just fucked up on this one. The pacing on this book was just not good.
It fucking sucked balls.
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If you have yet to pick up this book, you should do it as soon as possible. I haven’t read such gorgeous and lush writing in such a long time. Ah KrisIf you have yet to pick up this book, you should do it as soon as possible. I haven’t read such gorgeous and lush writing in such a long time. Ah Kristoff, how the FUCK do you do it?
What I loved most about this book (aside from fabulous characters such as Yukiko, Masaru, and Buruu) was the setting. Japanese steampunk. But it’s not steampunk the way you think steampunk is. It’s not all clockwork— it’s more than that. It’s the lotus. It’s the chi.
Do you want to know a little secret?
I had this dream a year ago. This dream took place in a “New Asia” kind of setting. It was all high rises and darkness because the entire city was covered with weed, smoke, and gin. And guess what, someone shared that idea with me! It was so fucking crazy, seeing an idea I had in someone else’s story. Honestly, the environment and the world that Stormdancer takes place in is so fucking fantastic. Someone needs to make a movie out of this book. The cinematography would be outstanding.
(Side: I love how this book is centered on the HUGE environmental issue that’s going around in Kigen City. I mean, people can’t leave their house without wearing fucking goggles and breathers. Honestly, coming from a tree hugger it probably means nothing, but this book stresses the nature as is).
Go read this book! That’s all I have to say. There’s a bit of everything for you: magic, weapons, FABULOUS CHARACTERS, love, demons, smoke, animals, Japananese culture, GOOD WRITING.
The writing puts you in the world. The writing makes you alive. The writing allows you to connect to the characters. The details of Kristoff’s writing are simply AMAZING.
Oh, and I do love the small bits of Japanese in this book. Very authentic, very cool, and very real.
(And the cover and the insides are very pretty. This book is very pretty).
(view spoiler)[ And now here is where I rant to you about the things I really liked in the book and the things that made me sad.
1. Masaru’s DEAD. Oh Jesus, I almost cried at the last scene. He didn’t have to die, he really didn’t. Of course, if he didn’t die, maybe Yukiko wouldn’t be the strong character that she is today. (Did Yoritomo’s sister die? She did, right?) I can’t believe he thinks he should have married Kasumi instead! NO NO NO. Naomi. I liked her from the few seconds of fame when the book addressed her.
2. I love how Yukiko evolved into such a strong character! Yukiko’s passive-aggressiveness in the beginning of the book really annoyed me, but bravo girl. You are brave and you are strong. Thanks for developing
3. Buruu! Also great character development. I love the relationship between him and Yukiko.
4. Kin. I was so afraid Kin was going to report Yukiko for being an Impure, but honestly this kid’s the best. He carried through what he was doing regardless of Yukiko’s disinterest for him. I felt so bad for Kin when he found out, but I side with Yukiko on this situation. (I probably would have done the same, maybe…)
5. Hiro. Did anyone even like this douchebag? I didn’t feel anything when he died. Or when he was first interested. I do like the concept of the sea-green eyes..
6. I thought Akihito was Yukiko’s brother for the longest time ever! (Until chapter 3), and then when I found he wasn’t, I nearly flipped shits. That’s what I get for reading too fast (I can’t help it, the book was good). Yeah, that took some time getting used to. I kept imagining Akihito around Yukiko’s age until I realized he was more around her father’s age…) (hide spoiler)]
Anyway, I shall be reading the second book when it’s not in hardcover. Cause that shit is like 30 dollars what the fuck.
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This book was okay. It seems great (there was actually a fantastic character development with Alec), but it was just okShort review because whatever.
This book was okay. It seems great (there was actually a fantastic character development with Alec), but it was just okay. The best part of this book was the fabricated animals vs robots.
Too many times Westerfeld used the word “barking.” Honestly, I’m pretty sure there are plenty of others words to use instead of “barking.” Yes, I understand “barking” is a substitute for “fucking,” but seriously?
Meh, probably not going to read the next book.
The hardcover for Leviathan is beautiful though.
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As in, I never expected to enjoy this book and its series as much as I did.
But, as usual, I didn’t find tThis entirely trilogy was just unbelievable.
As in, I never expected to enjoy this book and its series as much as I did.
But, as usual, I didn’t find the love/romance between the main character and our main hero interesting. I don’t know why, but the men in YA are just so fucking dull, boring and similar. Angsty egotistical boy? Or maybe it’s because I haven’t been reading any good young adult fiction with an ACTUAL good male character. Seriously, Gideon and Gwen were probably the most uninteresting thing that happened throughout this entire book/series (is it even possible to fall in love within a span of 3-5 days?). HOWEVER, I did not let that stop me from enjoying this series as a whole.
Besides Gideon and Gwen, I loved loved LOVED reading the relationship between every other character. Gideon and Raphael, Gwen and Xemerius, who by far, is my favorite, absolute most favorite character in this entire series (honestly, how did I even survive the first book without him?), Lesley and Gwen, Lesley and Cynthia, Cynthia and Gwen, Gwen and Charlotte, CHARLOTTE AND GIDEON. Jesus, there were so many great developments between all the characters.
Although Xemerius is my favorite character in the book, Gwen was a pretty great character too(besides the emotional boy drama, but who wouldn’t cry?). It’s pretty embarrassing to say, but I related a lot to her. Whenever she did something, I could clearly understand why she did it (aside from falling in love with Gideon). In fact, I’ve never related so much to a character in YA before.
The only reason why I’m not giving this book a 5 stars is because of the writing, or the lack of writing you can say. So many scenes were just skipped over and recapped afterward!
Example: I’m looking forward to going on this date tonight. I’m wearing this pretty dress and I really like this guy and he really likes me. I can’t wait! *** I woke up tired. Last night was crazy. This happened, that happened…
It’s a pretty bad way of storytelling if you ask me. I mean, what's the purpose of a recap? I want to know what’s going on! This completely destroyed developments between certain characters. (view spoiler)[ I mean, Lucy and Gwen? Lucy and Paul? What happened to them? I don't know enough, I didn’t get enough closure! (hide spoiler)]. It’s frustrating to have anticipated parts not happening.
Also, this book does a really bad job at concluding. It’s basically up to you to analyze the context and think of a conclusion yourself.
REGARDLESS, if you’re looking for a very easy and light-hearted book, this series is definitely for you. And if you’re looking for a cute romance, then don’t read this.
Are you a fruit, because Honeydew you know how fine you look right now?
In life, there’s your past, your present and your future.
You can’t control your past, but you can conObviously, everyone has this thing called life.
In life, there’s your past, your present and your future.
You can’t control your past, but you can control your future. And in the interim, there’s just space. You’re just doing, because every time you read the next word in this sentence, there’s the future.
Fuck, did I just mindblown your brains out?
That’s why I don’t like judging a sequel.
You can’t be disappointed in a sequel just like you can’t be disappointed with your future because sometimes, it’s just out of your control.
That’s the thing with The Dream Thieves.
I feel disappointed, but I know I shouldn’t be because what else was I supposed to expect? What else was supposed to happen? It’s the future! Shit happens!
The reason why I loved the The Raven Boys was because of the characters. Ronan, Noah, Gansey, Adam. The four of them just fit together so perfectly, and with Blue in the picture, they became more human and more real. They became more than characters—they became people. God, I loved reading about the boys in the first book. I loved reading about their relationships with each other, how they talked, how they argued, how they ate, how they acted around each other, what clothes they wore, whatever.
But in The Dream Thieves, that was just absent.
Noah was basically nonexistent throughout this whole book, and I loved him so much!
This book was focused on the one and only Ronan Lynch—he completely shadowed the other characters.
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Ronan Lynch. I actually really like the kid. (view spoiler)[ And he’s gay for Gansey. Good. I loved that, fuck yeah! Let the fanfiction begin! Evil laughter mwahahaha. (hide spoiler)] I loved his character, and I really liked how we learned so much more about him in this book. The one thing I love most about Ronan is his relationship with Gansey. It was just so, so precious to me. I’ve never read anything like it before. It’s extremely rare to read these kinds of boy relationships, they’re just so absent in books, but Stiefvater does an incredible job forming their friendship together.
If only the author could focus on the other boys though, that would be great as well. Other than that, things are looking good. The plot was exciting and the writing in this book! Stiefvater has this beautiful writing style that I just fall into and come to admire so fucking much.
I cannot wait for the next book, man.
I’m so excited.
And for you readers who have read this book:
(view spoiler)[ The only character who was a big ass face was Adam. I think Adam’s evil. I hope he’s not, but I really think he will be. Or he might be one of those evil/not evil characters, just like real life. In real life, it’s hard to distinct the good from the bad, maybe he’ll be like that. Also! That scene with Blue and Noah! Holy fuck, that was adorable. Noah and his smudginess and cuteness. And who else guessed that Kavinsky was a dream thief? Honestly, I didn’t even know this guy was in the first book. I thought he was just a random ass character. I have nothing to say about the Gray Man and Maura. I think that was cute but again, random. Stievater just added another antagonist for the sake of adding another antagonist? But as I said, the future is just out of your control sometimes. (hide spoiler)]
And for you readers who have not yet read this book:
Go pick up The Dream Thieves because it will blow your mind away.
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Throne of Glass is supposed to be a young adult version of Game of Thrones. But just because GoT is the current most popular fantasy book and T Throne of Glass is supposed to be a young adult version of Game of Thrones. But just because GoT is the current most popular fantasy book and ToG is a fantasy book doesn’t mean readers who like Game of Thrones will also like Throne of Glass.
Get your shit together, marketing team.
This book was probably the most ridiculous fantasy story I’ve ever read in my entire (young) adult life. It was your usual paranormal romance with the whole love-triangle garbage, except paranormal was just replaced with fantasy. There’s nothing wrong with this, actually, I don’t mind it. In fact, (I’m pretty sure I’ve said this in a past review before) I would love to read a book like that IF AND ONLY IF the author can do it well.
Key word is well.
Of course Maas just fails at putting all these pieces together. She fails at developing a romantic relationship between these characters and fails at crafting and delivering a good story.
To be perfectly honest, it felt like the author wrote this book for jokes-sake. It felt like Maas wanted a reason to create a fantasy/love-triangle story so she threw in the dumbest characters and the most illogical plot line and mixed them together with a spoon.
It doesn’t make sense.
The King of this World wants a lackey to do his dirty work. Okay, sure. But in order to get this lackey, he’s going to arrange a competition so the King owes this lucky winner for the hardships he/she will be going to go through? Wait, what the fuck?
Why is this even necessary? If you were the King of the World, why would you want to owe anyone? And most importantly, why would you give a shit about this lackey in the first place?
Why couldn’t the King just pick some random ass person and not give a fuck about his/her life. Why would he waste precious time and money for this competition? Sure, he has a lot of money, but he doesn’t have a lot of time. I mean for fuck’s sake, this competition includes a month’s worth of training! Wouldn’t the King of the World want a lackey as soon as possible? Would he truly waste time like this? Doesn’t he have a war to win? A rebellion to put down? People to enslave? Animals to kill?
I’m confused. I just want to know why the King held this competition.
This may seem like a small complaint, but the only reason why this book exists is because of this competition. As I said before, it really feels like Maas just created this random aspect of the story so there could be a story.
So moving on, in order piss off his father, Prince Dorian arranges the World’s Greatest Assassin Calaena Sardothein to be HIS champion for the competition.
And speaking of Prince Dorian, HOLY INSTALOVE! AND HOLY SHIT WHY IS HIS NAME DORIAN?
Same goes for Captain Chaol Westfall, holy fuck, look at that Instalove! do its thing.
There was no reason for Prince Dorian and Captain Westfall to instantly fall in love with Calaena. There was so little development in the relationship between Dorian and Calanea as well as the relationship between Westfall and Calanea that this whole love thing came out of nowhere.
It’s like shopping in your favorite department store and tripping on a tree branch when you spot something cute on the racks.
What the fuck?
Exactly, that wasn’t supposed to make sense.
This love thing came out of nowhere. Why are the two so jealous of each other? And how come Captain Westfall just randomly likes Calanea? Westfall had so little read time and so little character development that him liking Calanea was just out of place, out of character, out of life.
Dorian I can understand a bit, but Westfall???
WHAT THE FUCK.
Maas focused way too much on the badly developed romance that the entire book was revolved around these three characters and their (lack of) romantic tension with each other. And that added jack shit to the plot line.
And lastly there’s Calanea. She’s the most dangerous person on the planet, yet she doesn’t hear a damn thing when Westfall and Dorian are outside her door, demanding her love while she’s sleeping. If you’re a trained cold-blooded assassin, aren’t you supposed to be better than that? Eek, god jesus. She's just a failed character. She's not good nor realistic for the person she's supposed to be.
I give up, Maas, I’m done.
Take my money and leave me alone.
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