I knew it was going to be terrible, I knew it was going to murder my favourite character, both in characterization and physically speaking (goodbye, XI knew it was going to be terrible, I knew it was going to murder my favourite character, both in characterization and physically speaking (goodbye, Xan doppelganger), and yet I read because I wanted to experience just how bad it could be...
I deeply regret it.
Excuse me, I need to go and start BG:EE to clean my poor brain....more
I found this little book by chance and, blinded by its pretty cover and by its talk of "dragons", decided to read it one night while I was bored. WhatI found this little book by chance and, blinded by its pretty cover and by its talk of "dragons", decided to read it one night while I was bored. What a big mistake! This is nothing more than the typical rubbish from this genre, complete with the abusive man that is supossed to be the "love interest" but spends the entire book telling her how "useless and stupid" she is and, of course, the stereotypical "simpleminded, innocent, clumsy but secretly special" girl with no personality whatsoever (Basically, Bella Swan moved to a fantasy setting).
Nothing to see here, ladies and gentlemen. Nothing at all.
Me encontré este pequeño libro por casualidad y, cegada por su hermosa portada y sus "dragones" decidí leerlo una noche que estaba aburrida. ¡Que grave error! Esto no es más el típico bodrio de característico de este género, incluyendo al abusivo chico que se supone es el "interés romántico" pero que pasa todo el libro diciéndole a nuestra heroína lo "inútil y estúpida" que es, y por supuesto la estereotípica muchacha que es "simplona, inocente, torpe pero secretamente especial" sin personalidad alguna (Vaya, Bella Swan traslada a un universo fantástico).
No hay nada que ver aquí, señoras y señores. Nada....more
Meyer, you aren't a talentless hack; no, you're a talentless, misogynist, misanthropist, sexist, racist hack. In a way, it's nice to see you haven't cMeyer, you aren't a talentless hack; no, you're a talentless, misogynist, misanthropist, sexist, racist hack. In a way, it's nice to see you haven't changed at all.
This "novella" manages to be even more sexist than the other Twilight books. Bree is a useless lump that's only capable of rational though when a MAN is near. Forget feminism (ACTUAL feminism, not the feel-good variety liberals like to sell), forget empowerment, if a man isn't at your side your life is worth nothing!
Meyer tries to tell us that her female characters are "smart" because they read. *Snorts* I'm sorry, but reading for a hobby has no direct correlation with someone cognitive functions. Plus, It's hard to believe that they are smart when they're incapable of any critical thinking.
Ugh. I have some many (unkind) feelings towards this book. I'm just going to leave this link:
Remind me never to read anything under the "romance" genre ever again. I keep telling myself I won't touch "romance" books because the sexist and misgRemind me never to read anything under the "romance" genre ever again. I keep telling myself I won't touch "romance" books because the sexist and misgonistic tropes only make my blood pressure rise and I need to take care of my health, but no, I keep doing this to myself.
There's really nothing original or itneresting about this book. It's the kind of book I would write when I was 14 years old. We have our "shy, braind dead heroine" who is incapable of thinking or living for herself, unless of course our designated "dark and brooding hero" who is nothing but an abusive arsehole, teaches the "ways of the world".
Dripping sarcasm and oozing wit, he refuses to censor his feelings or opinions for anyone, making no apologies for either and wearing his abrasiveness like a badge of honor.
Now, where have I hear that one before? Oh right, in every "romance" book ever. Honestly, If I met someone like that (and I do know a guy like that) I would just laugh at his face or roll my eyes. This attitude is not "edgy", it's childish and inmature, and it's a quick way to get people to dislike you and get you fired for a job. This is the kind of thing a dumb teenage boy would do.
Dear Chase: you're nothing but a man-child that thinks "censoring" your opinions and being an uncaring arsehole is "kewl". Someone needs to teach you that acting like that has consequences in the real world, buddy. And since "not censoring" opinions is "in" right now, I can tell you to go fuck yourself with a pineapple, Chase. I also hope you sit on cactus.
Andie: you're nothing but the walking trope of "I can change him mama!" and "but he's sooo nice that I can't love him, duuur". I'll put my biologist-hat on and tell you that there's no war between feelings and "logic", humans beings use both when making decisions. Go read about philosophy, or science and see for yourself. ...more
The worst book in the series so far, with an unlikable "heroine", and unlikeable "romantic lead" that is nothing but a Han Solo Expy (fair warning thaThe worst book in the series so far, with an unlikable "heroine", and unlikeable "romantic lead" that is nothing but a Han Solo Expy (fair warning that I hate Han Solo, at least in the first movie; give me Luke Skywalker, not the womanizing, amoral pirate of the first movie) and all around a weak, trite plot that is barely held together with language more akin to a Harlequin Novel, and because Cinder is there. If you're looking for a good retelling of Rapunzel in comic form, you're better off with Rapunzel's Revenge (and its sequel, Calamity Jack), a nice take on the fairy tale with a compelling heroine. Don't waste your time with this boring book.
Oh, Cinder and Scarlet, how I miss you. But hey, at least the book looks pretty on my shelf....more
Just when I thought I couldn't hate Finn more, Hocking proves me wrong.
He treats Wendy like a child, hides things from her for "her own good", ends tJust when I thought I couldn't hate Finn more, Hocking proves me wrong.
He treats Wendy like a child, hides things from her for "her own good", ends the relationship on his terms but then acts all high and migthy to protect "her reputation" (literally drags her by the arm, even she's screaming and asking him to let her go, because silly women, right? must be kept in their place. I was seething during that scene, seething) and gives her mixed signals. His "duyt" of protecting her is only a excuse for his feelings of jealousy and entitlement, because he just knows what's better for her. Such a romantic hero, I'm swooning. He had the right idea of ending their "relationship", and I'm glad Wendy finally understood his reasons or at least gave up on him, sort of, but Finn's attitude just drove me up the wall; oh, he's just trying to protect her, he's not jealous you see because (view spoiler)[Tove is gay (hide spoiler)] which means they can't really take their relationship to their next level. Finn, you're possesive arshole.
I spoiled myself the ending before reading the last book and (view spoiler)[I'm incredible happy Wendy doesn't end up with this petulant "alpha male". Not that Loki is any better, but at least he has a tiny bit more personality than him, even when his "romance" with Wendy is just as shallow and puerile. (hide spoiler)]
Wendy still got on my nerves a couple of times, but I actually think she got a bit of development since the first book. I have to remind myself she's a teenager, so her immaturity and short-sigthed planning is to be expected. (view spoiler)[ At the end, she acepted her arranged marriage for the sake of her people, and I think that's a very mature, noble thing to do; too bad that development was sort of ruined when Finn kissed her in last chapter. All I want is for Wendy to get away from that arsehole (hide spoiler)].
The other characters were a bit of a one-note to me, except for Elora who finally got a backstory and a bit more of personality. I have to said, I got really tired of Matt's "big brother" act, he seemed just as possesive as Finn on some scenes. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more