I'm going to try to avoid spoilers, but there may be some light ones!
The main thing I've noticed about Erin Hunter is that she(for the sake of this reI'm going to try to avoid spoilers, but there may be some light ones!
The main thing I've noticed about Erin Hunter is that she(for the sake of this review, I will treat Erin Hunter as one person) creates very good and sometimes unique problems - Tallpaw has some major issues in this book and she did a good job of creating his alienating personality and builds up his Clanmates slipping away from him, and actually managed to avoid pointless romance. She threw in some really good quotes and [she-cat]slapped some cats that deserved it. However, endings are very, very important. For me an ending can ruin a book or make it perfect. This ending didn't quite ruin it, but it certainly didn't compliment the majority of the story, either. There were these intense moments of "ohmigosh shes gonna do it shes gonna make her warrior do somethin baaad" and then it was like... oh. Not a crazy, startling killing scene or a revolutionary forgiveness. It was just like, k. No biggie. Are you kidding me? After reading five hundred pages I get that? Bull.
Another thing that pissed me off was that when Shrewpaw had the same circumstances that Tallpaw later had, everyone was sympathetic to Shrewpaw and turned on Tallpaw. But when the same thing happened to Tallpaw they were all defensive of Sparrow, the poor rogue who just wanted to explore. Hecks no. Defend your Clanmate you punks, not the random rogue that's living in your camp.
I'm also getting sick of Super Editions being Super for no reason. Five hundred pages, and for what? For four hundred and ninety of them to be super build up and ten to be just kay? These Super Editions need to get over themselves. Firestar's was amazing - every chapter was filled with adventure and awesomeness. Bluestar's Prophecy - well, Bluestar. Need I say more? Then we got SkyClan's Destiny, which had some major flaws, yes, but was decent nonetheless. Yellowfang's... eh. I guess. Crookedstar's pissed me off, which is just what it intended, so I'm good with that. Tallstar's Revenge was a little like that, too. But the most major flaw all of them but Firestar's had was that it was loooooooong. For. No. Reason. Why are these so long?! The majority of it is filler. Hunting, fighting pointless battles, training, and there's always a cat that picks on the main character for no reason. And most of the time they're racist. But that's beside the point. The point is these should be probably the size of a normal Warriors book - maybe a little longer. I feel like I'm speaking heresies here, but even Bluestar's was a little boring at parts. (I'm so sorry, my one true love!) Want to know something about hunting? It's boring. I've read about it like 30 times from Erin Hunter. I'm done with hunting. I don't need more. I get that they're cats. Just stop the hunting!
2.5 stars for this book. I was really feeling for Talltail, and that gave it some points. But between the filler and the unsatisfying ending, it really wasn't that great. ...more
They could have made this book great. An amazing, epic tale of how the cats first came to the forest. Instead, they made it a love story between a lonThey could have made this book great. An amazing, epic tale of how the cats first came to the forest. Instead, they made it a love story between a loner and a Tribe cat. What? Who the crap picked this up for that? I wanted to see some fierce battles(like the guide book says there were), epic deaths, and general chaos all around. Instead we already have two Clans - oh wait, they're not Clans. I mean, they don't call themselves that. But really, what makes a Clan? A group of cats supporting each other and watching their boundaries. That's exactly what we get in these books.
What happened to every cat for himself? And that there was so much turmoil that the dead cats had to step in and force these cats to become five*cough*four*cough* Clans?
(Slight spoiler, around page 50.) And what a lame way to get Gray Wing to go to the forest. Find the kitten that ran away and go with it? How about, drag that misbehaving little brat back home? And why is this cat a better hunter than his full grown brother? It was cool when Gray Wing for in trouble the first time and had to get him out of it, but come on, after that it was just overkill.
I had high hopes for these books. The fourth series wasn't that good, but I figured a fresh start with a new cast would maybe make things better. Instead we have everything we've ever had: forbidden romances, small but not major border skirmishes, and loved cats dying. Good job, Erin Hunter.
Edit; I re-read it, and I liked it more this time around. I think the key is to sit down and read it all the way through, because I actually ended up caring a little about the cats this time. I'm bumping my review from 2 stars to 3 cause I guess it's okay. I think the next few will probably be better....more
**spoiler alert** As much as I hated the first book, I think this one was almost as bad.
In this book, Rafe tries to do what's right. For about less th**spoiler alert** As much as I hated the first book, I think this one was almost as bad.
In this book, Rafe tries to do what's right. For about less than half the book. After that he pretty much throws it all out the window. The first "friend" he makes at his new school, Matty, is a troublemaker who helps him get back at some bullies. Why Rafe, didn't you get expelled from school last year for getting in trouble? Shouldn't you not keep breaking the rules, then? This is what was going through my mind, but apparently Rafe doesn't care if he gets kicked out of this art school that he so badly wanted to get in.
And then there's the whole mess with his father. Why, oh why, did this happen? There was this whole storyline about his father being gone, but no one knows where he went. So throughout the book it's been kind of a side story to find his dad. After a humiliating situation at school, his mom finally tells him what really happened.
And takes him to a cemetery.
A cemetery!? At the end of the chapter where his mom takes him there's a part something along the lines of, "You already guessed it, probably. A cemetery." No, I didn't guess that. I didn't guess that your mother would be such a horrible woman that she would tell her son that his dad left them and making him seem like an awful person instead of telling him that he died saving his country. There's no point! Rafe even says himself that now he thinks better of his dad. That he's not just the guy who left, but the guy who was a hero. It was completely pointless and stupid.
The ultimate ending was pretty much the same as the first - his mom has a job, they live in Hills Valley, Rafe has to go to Summer School, and he's going to be entering his precious art school that is for some reason so much better than the one he's at. So in ways this book was better than the first, but considering how nothing changed, it may have been worse....more