There are many ways to mess up a totally fine Greek Myth, like, I don't know, making Hades a virgin? Fortunately, this book did not suffer from that aThere are many ways to mess up a totally fine Greek Myth, like, I don't know, making Hades a virgin? Fortunately, this book did not suffer from that atrocity. This sad novel, however, suffered from a yawn-inducing syndrome I like to call brought-nothing-new-or-special-to-the-table-story.
Let me make it clear though, I did NOT hate this book. I just didn't like it.
But if you want me to be a straightforward brute, this is how I will describe this book:
It's an UNIMAGINATIVE and BORING STORYTELLING with a WHINY HEROINE.
And SINCE, I am trying to be nice (really, I am - haha, yeah right) I won't say that about it. It's a tough job, you know. But some sorry soul gotta do it.
In this retelling, Persephone claimed that the "The Rape of Persephone" story was wrong on so many levels. So naturally, I was inclined to form high expectations from Persephone. I thought that she would be this badass MC that kicks butts. I thought that this would be a cool underworld adventure story. I thought that I would immensely enjoy this book.
Well, I thought wrong.
The book started with Persephone whining how her mother treats her like a baby. She whined that she doesn't get out of the vale. She whined that she can't do adult things. And in between those whining sessions, she weaves.
When Hades appeared, she temporarily stopped whining and started obsessing about romance. And then BAM! They fell in love.
So we all know that Hades took Persephone to the underworld without Demeter's permission, right? Apparently, what we DIDN'T know is that Hades likes to ride horses all day. When he isn't CONTROLLING Persephone, he gallops away with a steed.
Err... how interesting. How two-dimensional. How.... LAME.
Persephone is the tamest, most domestic and clueless goddess I have ever read. It would be an overstatement if I say that NOTHING happened in this book. But that's what I thought while reading it. She weaved, kept a garden and took royalty lessons. I don't know about you, but I think that gods and goddesses taking royalty lessons Princess' Diaries style is laughable. Umm... they're GODS and GODDESSES? They don't need those useless shit?
But who am I to whine, right? I'm just a reader.
Okay, so as I've mentioned earlier, NOTHING happened in this book. Well, something did happen back on Earth. When Persephone learned about the drought, you would think she would put two and two together. Hello? Earth to Persephone! Your mother is the goddess of harvest, why do you think this is happening? Most of the time, her naivety is bordering on stupidity it's not even funny.
And finally, the writing. Yes, I want to talk about the juvenile writing. I am not a fan of child-like writing style so I didn't like this book. I'm sorry, but I was led to believe that the author is a big fan of Disney movies and happy endings. The writing wasn't horrible but there were no consistencies. Reading this book is like riding an unmoving roller coaster. I wished I could say that this book wasn't for me, but I am a sucker for mythology, so that's not even the case.
Gabriella Moretti is a Supernatural Scientist at the Zelko Corp. When not in her lab coat, she goes by the name of Mary Sue. Her hobbies include readiGabriella Moretti is a Supernatural Scientist at the Zelko Corp. When not in her lab coat, she goes by the name of Mary Sue. Her hobbies include reading, moping (due to the lack of social and love life), playing with her niece, studying ancient artifacts, and as of lately, electrocuting people. Mary Sue Gabriella's fondness of coffee mugs and pens started at an early age of twelve, when she graduated from high school. And by the age of nineteen, she had already acquired a doctorate degree. Gabriella is a super-genius (she said so herself). So it came as a no-surprise when we discovered that she is a SPESHUL girl instantly loved by many.
The Immortal Superheroes Angels have superpowers that will give the Justice League a run for their money. These Superheroes Angels can fly, run fast, rip-off airplane doors with bare hands, speed read, and make hotel reservations. They also like to hang out in libraries to learn about chemistry, physics, astronomy, technology, biology, history, calculus... *snores*... oh sorry, got a little sleepy there. Did I mention they like to read? Not that there's anything wrong with that, especially when you're a four-thousand-year-old-angel from Italy with the name of Andrew/Karen/Liz/Carmela/Luke/Aiden.
Warning, there are things in this book that may or may not make your eyes bleed. Regardless, I should tell you that (view spoiler)[ Gabriella dreamt of her parents making out. Eww, right? Like honest to god make out session (in the library of all places). (hide spoiler)] The romance in this book is vomit-inducing, so I'll spare you all the gory details. Lucky you.
The only redeeming quality of this book is.... let me think... hold on, I'm sure I could think of something. Oh yeah, it's free. And it's also effective when counting sheep doesn't do the job.
I would not recommend this if you're looking for a vague angel book. Actually, categozing this novel on the Angel Genre is a stretch. A R-E-A-L stretch. But if you're okay with the absence of wings, heaven, hell, and even God's existence (in an Angel story), then you and this book are going to get along just fine.
**spoiler alert** Let me start by saying that I am fan of Melissa Marr's books. She is really talented and boy, can she tell a story. So the moment I**spoiler alert** Let me start by saying that I am fan of Melissa Marr's books. She is really talented and boy, can she tell a story. So the moment I saw this in the bookstore, in my most girlish high-pitched voice, I screamed, "Ah! Melissa Marr!". That earned me alarmed looks from the nerds at the manga section. I ignored them. Immediately, I searched for the rest of the Desert Tales series. I even pulled one busy sales person aside and demanded asked for numbers 2 and 3, but they didn't have it yet. *insert sad face here*
Since I am so patient and calm, I ripped off the plastic packaging as soon as I was out of the mall. I sat on the bus and read my way through home. Let me tell you, reading on a moving vehicle is not the brightest idea, I got dizzy when I got off.
**** SPOILERS AHEAD ****
I do not recommend it to ALL readers. Yes, Rika did give accounts of her being a faerie in the first place, but it's hard to symphatize with her if you haven't read the Wicked Lovely novels yet. Let's admit it, being a faerie is cool 'cause you get to be immortal and have powers. So why should I feel sorry for Rika? She's just being a whiny little... erm Tinkerbell? But if you read the series, you'll understand that being involved in faerie politics is not as hot as it appears.
Now that I got that out of the way...
I liked Rika. She seems genuine to me and I kind of feel for her. She's lonely but strong. She doesn't show off her powers even though she can totally kick some faerie butt. As for the illustrations, I liked how I can easily see their facial expressions, it's so refreshing. It doesn't make me put a lot of effort into "imagining" what they looked like. Yes, sometimes that can make my head hurt. And my head hurts easily.
There are two things that didn't make me love this manga. Yes, 2, hence, the 3 stars. Hek hek, I'm so good in Math. Now, where was I? Oh yeah, 2 things. First is that I have a lot of trouble liking Jayce. And that's not because of his ugly hairstyle that only looks cool in the cover. Ahem. Jayce, at least in this first book, is just a drawing on a paper. He doesn't have character. He is uninteresting and his actions are unrealistic. Imagine this: you met a stranger. Stranger dragged you inside a club. Stranger got attacked and dragged you to the desert. Then you found out that she lives in a CAVE, which is in the middle of a dangerous DESERT, and it's NIGHT time... would you still allow yourself to be dragged inside her house cave? Hell NO. If that were me, I would run the other away. So what if she saved my life? I'm still going to run the other way, and as fast as I could because bad people are after her. But hey, LOVE is supposed to be blind, right? Especially, instalove. And since this is YA fiction, I'm like, okaaayyy...
The second thing that bothers me about the manga is that it is too short. The only thing that happen in this book is introduction, and I don't even know who the hell Sionnac is! But oh well, I guess that's just another carefully planned tactic to sell the second and third book. -_-
All in all, this was an easy and a very short read. I liked it but it wasn't a big deal of a book. I guess I will be buying/borrowing #2 and 3 just because I'm curious of what will happen next to Rika.
I still think Melissa Marr is awesome, because she is. But I'm just not 100% sold on this book. Sorry. ...more
WARNING: Let me be the douchebag and say that this book had crashed and burned for me. Obviously, I set my expectations TOO HIGH. So if you're a big KWARNING: Let me be the douchebag and say that this book had crashed and burned for me. Obviously, I set my expectations TOO HIGH. So if you're a big Kagawa fan and easily offended... you know what NOT to do. Thank you.
Isn't the cover HOT? Makes you wanna cuddle up and sleep with it. Like a stuffed toy! What?! Ok, forget I said that. That was a bit creepy, wasn't it?
Seriously, why is Ethan so gorgeous? He was just an adorable little kid last year! Like the little kid you want to take to the park and give ice cream and stuff. THIS. IS. NOT. FAIR. Hmp!
Well, I could still give him ice cream and stuff. All
Speaking of dark side, this kid has a lot of it. No, you silly, I am not talking about I'm-evil-give-me-your-first-child-dark-side. Just your regular teenage-rebel drama, yes sir! Which I personally think is a little over the top and makes me want to ask, "Really, Ethan? Really?"
To be fair, I am NOT a fan of teen angst. I repeat, not a fan. I can somehow tolerate it and focus on the story line but on this book, not so much.
So you ask, but why? Isn't Julie Kagawa one of your all-time favorite writers?
She's still one of my all-time favorite writers. The proof: my shameless fan-girling of "The Immortal Rules".
BUT... this book's pacing is like a moving tortoise with a real estate on its back. My reading experience was slow, unbearable, and frankly, not as enjoyable as the first series. Don't get me wrong though, you could still follow the story even without reading the Iron Fey series. But you can't blame me for comparing it to the first one, this is a spin-off after all!
And since we are on the topic of comparison, Ethan is the total opposite of his sister. They are both courageous, I give you that. But Ethan's courage is overshadowed by his traumatic past. His actions at school and his aloofness is justifiable. But for goblin's sake, don't blame EVERYTHING. I am not kidding. This kid's angst could fill up the superbowl.
I just saw a sprite, maybe I'll blame my shoes for not being made of iron or my sister for being a faerie queen. Whatever works. (THIS IS NOT A DIRECT QUOTE FROM THE BOOK)
At least, something to that effect. So, I guess it's safe to say that Ethan Chase is not my favorite character in the book.
I almost gave up on this one. And then Grim showed up and I was like WOOHOOO! That's when story started to pick up a little. What can I say? I missed the cat's snobbishness.
Puck, Ash and Meghan also made an appearance on this novel, as well as some few minor characters. But even with that, the story just seemed to drag on. I couldn't tell if this book was about the new breed of faeries or Ethan's budding love life. In the end, I felt like this entire book is just an introduction to the next in the series. It is not even fangirl material. To be honest, I felt cheated because now I need to read the next book. Let's just hope that curiosity wouldn't kill the cat.