I have no fucking idea why: a.) this book's rating is so incredibly low b.) no one has read this glorious piece of YA c.) I love the Faustian concept...moreI have no fucking idea why: a.) this book's rating is so incredibly low b.) no one has read this glorious piece of YA c.) I love the Faustian concept so much
I read Another Faust a while ago, back when I was a sophomore in high school, and I found it to be absolutely AMAZING and HILARIOUS. I mean, read the fucking back of the book: "One night, in cities all across Europe, five children vanish — only to appear, years later, at an exclusive New York party with a strange and elegant governess. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust teenagers to the city’s most prestigious high school, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor’s extraordinary "gifts." But as the students claw their way up — reading minds, erasing scenes, stopping time, stealing power, seducing with artificial beauty — they start to suffer the side effects of their own addictions. And as they make further deals with the devil, they uncover secrets more shocking than their most unforgivable sins. At once chilling and wickedly satirical, this contemporary reimagining of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption."
Now look me in the eyeballs and tell me that isn't an awesome premise.
The plot was HOLYSHITOMG, the writing was mindblowingly well done (the humor in it was actually laugh-out-loud funny. Seriously, I LOLed countless of times), and the characters were fucking OFF THE CHAIN! Damn it, one reads a book for its characters. If the characters are interesting, you'll read the book. If they're terrible, dull, and stupid, then fuck the story! Why would I waste my life reading about shit people. Anyways, these characters―all five of the characters―were so, so, so fascinating. Each character was completely different from one another, they all had their own little story, and their development was exciting as hell.
Sure, I agree with some of the other reviewers. This book is a little slow, and that's why I gave it five stars instead of four, but so what? If you push yourself and read a little more, BOOM, there you go.
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Maybe I'm biased? I don't know, but I read Clockwork Angel before I read City of Bones,...moreThe Infernal Devices >>>>>>>>>>
Maybe I'm biased? I don't know, but I read Clockwork Angel before I read City of Bones, so….
Let's get started with this review, shall we?
This series is such a wreck. And this book is just the start of everything bad in the Shadow World! Honestly! The characters! The writing! The pacing! Someone hit me, because I can't bear to do it myself.
I first read Clockwork Angel back in 2010, when I just a wee sophomore in high school. I was expecting so much! The premise! The love triangle! (But yes-- I am still a sucker for love triangles, judge me bitches) The era! The whole shape-shifting power! HOW AWESOME. HOLY SHIT. And not to mention that one of the love interests is half-Asian, and the other love interest looks like a character I had planned in my head since fucking middle school.
Unfortunately, this book was everything I was not expecting. I was just so disappointed. All those stellar review had me expecting so much more.
And now, almost three years later, I still don't like Clockwork Angel all too much. As I said before, it's the bad writing, the bad characters and the bad plot all mixed together.
Will Herondale is a jerk.
He's a gorgeous jerk, and I think we like him because we're all fucking shallow. We fall for his amazing looks and this "conflict" we find so utterly beautiful. And Jem. I love Jem, I really do. But it is so OBVIOUS Clare wants us (the readers) to fall for Will. She's practically writing TEAM WILL throughout the entire book! Her tone, the Tessa's tone, everything suggests that! Honestly, Clare, how dumb do you think we are? (He's also a guy who loves literature! Honestly, what kind of fangirl can say no to a fucking ATTRACTIVE boy talking about the classics?)
And Tessa? I don't know. No opinion. I don't hate dislike her, I don't like her. She's pretty smart, I'll give ya that.
But read Clockwork Angel if you have time on your hands because the characters get dumber and dumber and the plots gets worse and worse that it becomes good.
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I LOVE the packaging of Wither. The font is so pretty, the cover is so prett...moreThis book is beautiful.
(Complete emphasis on literally)
I LOVE the packaging of Wither. The font is so pretty, the cover is so pretty, the girl is so pretty, the dress is so pretty, the makeup is so pretty, and the flowers on the front flap are so pretty, and ahhhhhh.
[insert soft sigh]
Oh my god.
This book, the actual production of this book, is too great.
With that being said, Wither sucked.
Okay, maybe not sucked. Sucked is a little bit too harsh.
This book was not good.
It was just okay.
The plot was interesting enough, the writing was gorgeous ("Stars are still visible, fading away where the sky blushes with fiery color"(56).) but the main characters were NOT interesting at all.
Rhine, I LOVEEE HER NAME, was an okay heroine. Like mehhh, whatever. Her love interest, Gabriel, was basically nonexistent throughout the entire book, so how the fuck was I supposed to like him? And he's just...ugh, I can't even. Rhine's husband, Linden, was soooooo boring. Holy Jesus. Sure, he likes to draw, but can I get a little bit more than that? And his naivety annoyed me. That's not his fault at all, but let's be practical here. He's like a caveman. Well cavemen don't draw, but all Linden does is eat, sleep, stay sheltered in his own little world, and have sex. I am totally denouncing his character so badly right now, but hey.
I'm not going to lie, I enjoyed Rhine's relationship with her sister wives more than I did with those flat love interests, but if I had to pick a male character I liked, Linden > Gabriel.
That's how bad Gabriel is.
Seriously, none of the characters made a huge impression on me, besides the sister wives and Rowan, of course. I can't wait to see more of Rhine's twin brother in the next book! (swooning already)
Now, let's talk a little bit about Rhine's world.
World War III has caused the entire planet to perish―except for North America. And when they say North America, they just mean America.
The concept of World War III sounds extremely interesting, but I don't buy it. There was no background on anything.
Ms. DeStefano presented us with that topic, and left it alone.
Just go with the flow, right? I mean, "ignorance is bliss."
Because you can't see me, I shall tell you that I am rolling my eyes.
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