Enjoyed the second in this series. Found it a bit hard at times to read it because of the silly childish lines that ran rampant it seemed, but overall...moreEnjoyed the second in this series. Found it a bit hard at times to read it because of the silly childish lines that ran rampant it seemed, but overall the story was of course extremely entertaining and exciting. (less)
As happy as I was that the Mortal Instruments series was continuing... I would've preferred that it hadn't. Because this book? Was painful. I am usual...moreAs happy as I was that the Mortal Instruments series was continuing... I would've preferred that it hadn't. Because this book? Was painful. I am usually able to finish books quickly but this one drug on and on and on to the point where I just wanted to give up. Some spoilers ahead.
I had a hard time from the very beginning understanding exactly what was going on. There wasn't a clear plot and even if the author was attempting to be vague and have it be a surprise or whatnot, she failed miserably. The basis of the book solely revolved around Jace and Clary's relationship problems, but even those weren't clear. And it was beyond irritating that Jace was clearly having issues and yet he refused to talk to Clary about it. And him continuing to say 'I love you but I can't be with you, but lets kiss and make out but... now I can't look at you. Get away from me.' That repeated about 5 times kinda made me want to rip his face off.
And then the ending?! Come on. Yeah, we're going to leave Jace up on the roof alone with the kind of not so dead guy but everything's going to be fine because obviously things went perfect the FIRST time they killed him. Stupid. It was like a bad horror movie where the dumb blonde decides to go down to see what the chainsaw-like noise is in the dark basement even though the light won't turn on and she can't be bothered to find a flashlight.
I loved the first three of the Mortal Instruments but was seriously disappointed in this one. The series would've been better off left as it was in the third book. (less)
This book really surprised me. I had a feeling I was going to come away thinking "Why did I just waste more of my time reading these silly YA novels t...moreThis book really surprised me. I had a feeling I was going to come away thinking "Why did I just waste more of my time reading these silly YA novels that I seem to love so much?"
This book wasn't silly in the least bit and I honestly cannot wait for the sequel to come out to find out what happens next!
‘Witches of East End’ is the first in a new series by Melissa de la Cruz. Being a huge fan of her young adult Blue Bloods series I was immediately int...more‘Witches of East End’ is the first in a new series by Melissa de la Cruz. Being a huge fan of her young adult Blue Bloods series I was immediately intrigued at the idea of her branching off into adult fiction. Unfortunately I was super disappointed.
This book follows the story of the three Beauchamp women who live in north Hampton; Joanna and her two daughters Freya and Ingrid. All three women reside in North Hampton living relatively normal lives, even though they are actually powerful immortal witches who have been forbidden from practicing magic. Slowly at first, the three women begin practicing magic again hoping that they can successfully stay off the radar and won’t be punished. Ingrid is the first to discover individuals who are complaining of anything from infertility to a block in creativity have a gray darkness in their spirits, and it’s becoming more and more common.
I had a hard time with how the author just simply stated things and failed to explain. I also had a hard time liking the characters. Joanna helps care for this four year old child, Tyler, and the relationship between the two just comes off as not right. It explains how Joanna had lost her son long ago and that taking care of Tyler is like having her son back… I just kept wondering where his mother was and what she felt about that. Ingrid is a librarian and boring beyond all reason, but I did like how she was so willing to help people in need. Shoot, if I got to work with books all day I’d be the happiest person alive. Lol
Possible spoiler… And then there’s Freya… oh where do I begin. So Freya is engaged to marry Bran after a month of knowing each other. Bran and Freya throw an engagement party. Freya is constantly professing her love for Bran and how they were meant to be together. Freya sleeps with Bran’s brother Killian (Killian? Who the hell names their kid Killian?) at their engagement party. Freya continues to profess love for Bran while continuing to think of Killian while having sex with Bran. The whole situation just lacked class in so many ways. Of course there was this big revelation towards the end that made it all okay, but I still didn’t care for it.
And of course the Epilogue offered up a *big* cliffhanger but by the time it came around I found myself not caring in the slightest. I felt like I was dragging myself through the last half of the book… the author kept throwing in random facts and random storylines of past events and I was just bored. I won’t be continuing this series. (less)