This book is not one of Robin McKinley's best. I opened with high expectations because I've read Sunshine and Beauty by the same author. This book, ho...moreThis book is not one of Robin McKinley's best. I opened with high expectations because I've read Sunshine and Beauty by the same author. This book, however, was sourly disappointing. The first story wasn't that good, but I thought it would get better.
Like the other two books I've read by McKinley(and like someone mentioned below), it needs more dialogue. There are so many pages that I got bored and stopped paying attention without even realizing it- then I read the page again and the same thing happened.
Another thing that irks me about this book is how the people fall in love. They don't know know each other but they someone know that they love each other. What? This is pretty typical of fairy tales, but I was hoping McKinley would be better.
So, in the end, it looked like a good book... but wasn't at all.(less)
This isn't going to be a very in-depth review, I just want to point out some things that nagged me about this book.
First off, Mary SueAnn. I hate this...moreThis isn't going to be a very in-depth review, I just want to point out some things that nagged me about this book.
First off, Mary SueAnn. I hate this character. This is the most Mary Sue-ish character I've ever read about. Everything about her is perfect, everyone loves her, she can do no wrong, she only looks out for others... ugh. Everyone has flaws. Give her some.
I almost choked myself every time her and Riley were together. Most of it is admiring his body, or his face, or something physical about him. She almost never describes the inside of him, just the outside.
This was such an awkward book. Either it was sloooooooooow, or it was so action packed that even the action seemed boring because there was nothing exciting about it anymore. It had been going on for so long that it was just normal. But then it got slow again, then more action, slow, action. There was never any in-between.
Victoria may be the best character in this book. I loved watching Aden try to get her to show emotions. At first I was pissed, because it was like he loved her but he was just trying to change her. But then I realized that he was only doing it for her own good, and that was a pretty awesome thing to do.
Intertwined, I loved. Unraveled, not so much. I was debating whether to give it 2 star or 3, but I chose three because overall I sorta liked it. Let's hope Twisted is way better!(less)
My opinion about this book is much like that of Unraveled. It had good points and low points, and it seems like a book I would hate, but for some reas...moreMy opinion about this book is much like that of Unraveled. It had good points and low points, and it seems like a book I would hate, but for some reason I actually liked it. I wish you could give 2.5 star, a completely neutral rating, because that's what I would give this book.
*Some light spoilers follow*
In my review for Unraveled I said that I hate Mary Ann. Well, in this book I love her! In Twisted she actually does stuff for herself, instead of letting Riley, Victoria, and even Aden do everything for her while she tags along with no real purpose. (Really, why is she even there most the time?) So her character has gotten much better, as has Victoria's.
I've always liked Victoria. She's been the kind of character that there's not really much depth, but what is there is interesting. In Twisted she gets much deeper, and you get to see a new side of her. She's much more caring and she has more personality. [spoiler]Having her turn into a human was definitely the right thing to do.[/spoiler]
[spoiler]Riley turns into an a-hole in this one. After he begs Mary Ann to drain him and she does this almost subconsciously, his wolf is gone. He can no longer shift and his wolf senses are dimmed. If this Mary Ann's fault? No. Does that stop Riley from treating her like crap? No again. He acts like she did it on purpose just to spite him! If he hadn't been encouraging her, and if she wasn't almost unconscious and not even aware of what she was doing, she would never hurt him to save her life.[/spoiler]
The writing was very questionable. I haven't read the first book in a while, but it seems like it went downhill. Maybe I'm remembering wrong and my standards have gone up, but it seems like Intertwined had much better quality. You know how when some authors write both adult and YA books, the YA books always seem over-the-top teenager with not that good quality writing. I've noticed this about James Patterson and after Twisted it's become clear for Gena Showalter, too. Hint: I don't want to read something as if I'm talking to my friends when I'm slap happy. I want to read a professional piece of literature that's been edited and published. I don't want to read the word "freakin" every five seconds. I don't want anything outside of the dialogue to sound as if it's a sixteen-year-old's first draft.
As far as plot goes, Twisted had a very strong one. It was much better than Unraveled, which was so non-existent that I don't even remember what they were trying to accomplish the whole book, other than the usually "get the souls out of Aden's head" thing.(less)