**spoiler alert** Where to begin? I gave Elixir four stars. So obviously I expected this book to be at least slightly good. Considering what type of b**spoiler alert** Where to begin? I gave Elixir four stars. So obviously I expected this book to be at least slightly good. Considering what type of book the first one is(the lovesick girl searching for her soulmate), I really didn't except much, even though I liked the first one. Wow, was I surprised.
Let's start with the character development. Let's see... hmph. None comes to mind.
Okay, let's move to the cool characters. Hm.... drawing a blank again.
This book had no flow, no character development, no new, interesting aspects, so stunning revelations, nothing at all interesting. Even the writing seemed like horrible quality, which in Elixir it was not. Most of the new things you discovered are things that you've already guessed or won't be surprised by. And Clea... holy crap! Girl, I didn't know you were such a slut! She sees Sage drugged up and making out with a girl so she completely uses Ben to "get back at him." I'm sorry, but what a selfish bitch. Ben has done awful things, but he didn't mean to do those things and certainly doesn't deserve to be used that way. And Clea wasn't even trying to convince herself that she actually liked Ben. She was being completely open with herself about how she was using him. Even when she was almost naked on top of him she was thinking of sticking it to Sage. And then when Ben rejects her because he's not a complete tool, she goes back to her car crying. You stupid, whiny baby! I don't care that your feelings are hurt. In fact, it kind of makes me happy, they way you haven't given a crap about anyone but you boy this whole book.
And what's up with that, anyway? Clea is such a selfish person that she's willing to make probably hundreds of people die before their 30th birthday so she can save a guy that has been alive for 500 years because she loves him. She doesn't care that the guy her friend, Rayna, likes it going to die within two years. All she cares about is that she'll be alone.
And the ending. Wow. You know a book is bad when you only like the last 20 pages, and then not even the ultimate ending. I was so happy when Sage died. I literally smiled and thought that maybe I'd give this book two stars instead of one just for this fact. But then he went and possessed the body of the guy that Ben killed(which is a whole other rant). Stupidest thing ever.
If there's a third book, I'm seriously considering not reading it. And if you know me you'll know that I hate not finishing a series. But I don't think I can stomach more of this....more
This is the worst possible book Colleen Houck could have written for this series. Dragons, you say? Awesome! Will they be fire-breathing, run for yourThis is the worst possible book Colleen Houck could have written for this series. Dragons, you say? Awesome! Will they be fire-breathing, run for your life dragons? No, they're gonna be puzzle solving dragons, instead. -_- Where did that come from?
I've always excused the huge stories that I don't care about because the plot has made it worth reading. However, I'm completely fed up with reading about these ancient tales that have absolutely nothing to do with the book. They were obviously added to say, "Look! I did my homework and I know what I'm talking about!" Wow, I don't care. Maybe if they related in some way to the characters or plot, but they rarely do! Scuba lessons? We need scuba lessons? And not the short, I'll-tell-you-what's-happening-so-the-reader-isn't-confused, but an in depth for-some-reason-the-reader-needs-to-know-how-the-suit-operates. I don't need to know, believe it or not. If I wanted to go scuba diving, I would go take lessons. If I wanted to just know how everything works, I know what Google is.
By far the worst thing about this was the relationships, though. Why on earth does every guy need to be into Kelsey? I honestly don't think there was one guy, other than Mr. Kadam(who doesn't count because he's like a father to her) that didn't have romantic feelings towards Kelsey. Ren and Kishan even had a DRAGON convinced that this magical scarf would make him fall in love with her. Just kill her; you're a dragon! Have some dignity! [spoiler]Even LOKESH, the evil, manipulative, crazy bad guy wants to make babies with her. That's right: he wants to MAKE BABIES WITH HER. How weird is that?[/spoiler]
And Dhiren turned into a complete jerk. He used to be a sweet, respectful guy who just wanted what was best for Kelsey. Now he's even telling her how long to keep her hair? His name is Ren, right, not Edward? And Kelsey is no better. She's stringing Kishan along, knowing that she's in love with Ren, all because she can't have Ren. Are you that weak and pathetic that you need a guy in your life, even if you know you love someone else? And what's worse is Kishan isn't just some fling, he loves her. So pretty much she's too selfish to not hurt him; she just needs a guy and he's convenient.
I just read my review of Tiger's Curse again, and I realized something very important. I excused some of the poor writing in the first book because it was her debut novel. Well, this isn't her debut novel. The writing has changed, yes, but for the better? Not at all. The only thing different is more descriptions, which we really didn't need, and I in fact complained about there being too many in the first book. A longer book doesn't mean a better book. This book should have been about 200 pages shorter. At least then it would be over quicker.
So, probably don't read this. After Tiger's Quest I was willing to give the the series one more change. Well, this just blew it. I feel like I want to read Tiger's Curse again, to see if the book is okay or my tastes have just changed that much, but I'm too scared to be sucked into this boring, long story again.
Also, is that a dragon on the cover? Because when I first saw it I thought it was Fanindra, and that was awesome, but now I think it's some lame version of one of these lames dragons....more
Nightshade was awesome. I read 130 pages in one day. I couldn't put it down. Wolfsbane? Yeah...
I read 5 chapters a day so I could get it done in the week I had left with it from the library. I wish I didn't have to endure that much of it at once.
Pages 1-80: Calla and Shay look like idiots, not figuring even the simplest things out by themselves while Silas(the freakishly racist scholar) tells them about their real history.
If you thought Calla was slow in the first book(and really, sometimes I was wondering that myself), you will think she's a complete moron in this one. There were many times that Silas would say something and I think to myself, "Ah, that's interesting, that means this is this." It won't even be something that I think they're hinting at, it's just something that they explain. Only Calla and Shay don't get it, they need it to be explained further.
And speaking of Shay, he has probably 30% of the brain power he had in the first one. In Nightshade he was figuring stuff out in an instant, knowing things that a normal person wouldn't know. In Wolfsbane he's a complete idiot. He's not quite as slow as Calla, but he's getting there.
Spoilers from this point on!
The thing that drove me crazy the most was the whole Monroe and Ren situation. As soon as they mentioned that Monroe and Ren's mom had a thing, I knew without a doubt that Ren was his son. It wasn't a, "Oh, I bet this is what happened, I'm almost sure!" No, it was, "Gee, could they make that any more obvious?" And what a surprise, I was right! Oh, wait, not a surprise. Because there were no surprises in this book.
And then, even when Emile pretty much says that Monroe is Ren's father, Calla STILL DOESN'T GET IT!!! I wanted to strangle her.
Emile: "He's almost as stupid as his father!" Calla: I didn't get it. Why would Emile be calling himself stupid? It just didn't make sense. And why was he staring at Monroe when he said it?
Now, those aren't exact quotes, but the big picture is the same. Let's see, Monroe says he had a thing with Ren's mom, he's been acting as protective as a father, and Emile implies that Monroe is Ren's father. I wonder what that means? *face-palm*
And then the one time that Ren is shown, he's ten times the douche he was in the first book. I mean, I get that he's messed up, he's been tortured and he lost the girl he loves. But come on. He tries to rape her? No, that's just stupid! I know he went a little too far in Nightshade, but she was kinda asking for it in that one. She was leading him on every time she saw him, only to regret it when she was with her precious Shay. In this book Ren is just a monster who's trying to force her to be his.
And then there's the cover. Why, oh why, does Andrea want us to think that Calla is a stripper so badly? I get the whole wolf-crouching-ready-to-attack thing, but that's not how it comes off. It's more like I'm-a-seductive-chick-who-wants-to-sleep-with-you-for-money.
I'm still gonna read Bloodrose, partly to see if it gets better, but mostly just to finish the series....more