I can pretty much sum up about 90% of my issues with this book with this magical piece of writing advice that every w 2.5 stars. It was ... not great
I can pretty much sum up about 90% of my issues with this book with this magical piece of writing advice that every writer, no matter how stupid or brilliant, should follow:
If it's not essential, don't include it in the story.
- Love, TV Tropes and Idioms
As someone who had to suffer through countless pages of boring exposition and dialogue from pointless characters that added nothing/next to nothing to the main plot (hello there LA crew, Maia and the pack, Maureen and the vampire clan, Tessa and Jem, THE ENTIRE SHADOWHUNTER COUNCIL AND YOUR BORING ASS MEETINGS), I love this rule. Trim the fat. Flex out the grey matter.
To be honest, even if this rule had been followed, there are still huge flaws, like lack of character development from some major characters, lack of tension and lack of surprises. If I hadn't already had extremely low expectations, I would be furious right now, and I really do feel for the hardcore fans who had to wait two years and are crushingly disappointed. I was actually a little bewildered how uninspired it was. But as such, I could enjoy it on some level for the fluff that it was (once I learned that skimming over the POVs that bored me would not confuse my understanding of the plot at all). Simon and Isabelle were awesome, at least. The only lines I ever LOL'd at were Simon's, and I loved his arc. Who knew he'd end up being my favourite character. ...more
*slams head on desk* Damn it, I liked it. Although to be fair, Cassie's writing has vastly, vastly improved - she's come a long way from City of Bones*slams head on desk* Damn it, I liked it. Although to be fair, Cassie's writing has vastly, vastly improved - she's come a long way from City of Bones and is finally writing in the lyrical way she's been wanting to for so long. Not to mention this is the first well written love triangle I've ever come across, and the resolving of it was - while a little copout-y - dealt with grace and maturity from all parties involved. Minus one star for too many uninteresting subplots.
Guess I'm still stuck in Cassie's thrall. *sigh* ...more
What happens in Book 5 of this never-ending series:
1) Jace is golden with his gold eyes, his gold hair and his gold skin. 2) Maia/Jordan, Alec/Magnus,What happens in Book 5 of this never-ending series:
1) Jace is golden with his gold eyes, his gold hair and his gold skin. 2) Maia/Jordan, Alec/Magnus, Jocelyn/Luke and of course, Clary/Jace fight over who gets to be the Most Epic Couple of All Time. All will give prolific, melodramatic speeches about how their love is true, how they have never loved anybody else, and how nothing in the world is, or ever will be, more important than their significant other. 3) Clary/Jace will always win, because Clary is actually Cassandra Clare, and Clare is in love with Jace, her fictional character. 4) Clary is confused if bad Jace is the real Jace because he’s still as golden and leonine as ever. 5) Maia and Jordan literally waste about 75 pages for no reason. They add absolutely nothing to this book, or this series, at all. 6) Every character acts and talks exactly the same. This is coming from someone who is actually starting to lose track of all the secondary characters and their bland names. 7) Sebastian proves to be evil by making cryptic comments and mooning over his sister. You thought the incest would end in Book 3? Pfft! 8) Simon and Isabelle are the only semi-realistic, semi-interesting couple in the book. 9) Clary needs to keep her burning loins in check from the golden, honeyed, bronze god that is Jace as he tries to ravage her. But don’t worry, this is YA, so they have to make sex the be all and end all of relationships, so the sacred act will be saved for the grand finale. 10) Pages upon pages are spent in vivid detail on the everyday clothes everyone is wearing. 11) Blood. Copious, fetish-y descriptions of blood. 12) Kissing. OH MY GOD the kissing. So. Much. Kissing. Make out sessions upon make out sessions. But no sex, because sex is bad and teenagers in committed relationships who claim to love each other more than life itself can’t have sex. Why? I dunno, they just can’t. It’s not like real teenagers without the whole “soul mate” backdrop ever have sex. Someone always walks in the room, or one party starts gasping “WE CAN’T DO THIS!” or something. (No seriously, WHY is sex such a big damn deal in YA?) 13) Jace become even more golden and heavenly and caramel-y and flaxen-y and honeyed and every other fucking adjective for “dark yellow” there could possibly be than before.
At this point, I don’t even know if I’ll read book 6. There is no passion behind these books at all, like Clare is just going through the motions. This series has become a soap opera, plain and simple, with a fantasy backdrop. I hate to admit this, but the haters are right – the author has no originality, and she never did. She recycles and recycles some more. No way in HELL am I reading “The Dark Artifices” or anything else set in this world. If she decides to step outside this damn series, I’ll consider it. ...more
This is my 200th book added on Goodreads (yay!) so I thought, hey, might as well do a review …
Definitely the weakest of the three storiesThis is my 200th book added on Goodreads (yay!) so I thought, hey, might as well do a review …
Definitely the weakest of the three stories. I’m probably biased because I absolutely adore Goblin Market (I’d go as far as to say it’s my favorite poem of all time) and I didn’t see it done justice here. Granted the story is only about fifty pages, but it doesn’t mean that it couldn’t have been more enticing, reflecting its original material. There was one section where we’re told how Kizzy aches to be noticed, and that really got my heart pumping, but other than that, I didn’t find Kizzy desperate enough. Goblin Market is very much based in desire/lust/passion, and I found this too flaky – it wasn’t really the dark and alluring story it tried to be, which had largely to do with its narrator.
And another thing – I’m about to spoil every Laini Taylor book for you – it bothers me how EVERY SINGLE HEROINE that Taylor writes is gorgeous. No, not just pretty, but impossibly, ethereally, uniquely, and perfectly b-e-a-utiful. It’s almost insulting how we’re supposed to feel sorry for Kizzy, an exotically beautiful girl, who’s insecure because she’s not the “average” kind of beautiful. Yeah, whatever.
Spicy Little Curses:
This story is definitely a fairytale, but what I like about it is that it isn’t simple. Sacrifices are made, and not everything is wrapped up in a pretty little package. As always, the writing gorgeous, and the characters are cute and likeable. My only wish is that I wish more attention was focused on Estella, who I found far more intriguing than the two mains.
By Hatchling, I wasn’t very impressed with this book, but this story made up for EVERYTHING. It was twisted, sensuous, and highly creative (my favorite things, naturally).
I wish Taylor had made this one into a full book. I totally would’ve read it. Mab’s back story was heartbreaking – imagining a tiny little girl neglected and abused by those monsters – urgh! It made me go cold all over. Those pages with Mab were impossible for me to tear my eyes away from, despite my horror, and it only made me like her more as a character as an adult. And that “mating” scene was one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever read.
The history of the Druj was fascinating as well, although just thinking about them makes my stomach tighten. They’re creepy, they’re horrible, they’re disgusting. As the story unfolds, and we find out why the story is called “Hatchling”, they become even more interesting – the mythos here is amazing. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read. And I love the ending, giving them just a little bit of hope for a better future. In fact, the ending was perfect. That last sentence made me smile.
If you’re into “weirder” fantasy, give this a try. The writing is beautiful (Taylor never relies on clichés with her similes and descriptions, which I love!), and you won’t be able to NOT gaze the illustrations. The stories (in my opinion) go from weakest to strongest, so if you must read one, skip to the end and read Hatchling. ...more
I heard a reading of this by Samuel L. Jackson on my laptop with headphones on in a public place. Needless to say, I was pressing a fist to my mouth sI heard a reading of this by Samuel L. Jackson on my laptop with headphones on in a public place. Needless to say, I was pressing a fist to my mouth so I wouldn't laugh out loud. READ THIS! Better yet, LISTEN TO THIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-vDYO... ...more