Changing Mara completely Less predictable Not falling into the popular YA trend of "What's going on ohThings that could have made this book better:
Changing Mara completely
Not falling into the popular YA trend of "What's going on oh wait the audience already knows so JUST TELL THE MAIN CHARACTER."
Other than those, this was a pretty good book. Most of the characters were unlikable, but the story itself was done pretty well. Mara, the main character, was the most annoying. Her selfishness almost swallowed the whole book, but somehow it managed to survive. Since her mom died, she can lead on two boys at once, not care at all that she's pushing around the girl who'd been living on the island her whole life, and completely disrespect her dad, even though she knows that her mom is the one who left him.
Not sure if I'll read the next books. I kinda of want to, but I'm not sure if it's worth it.
Book received from Goodreads for an honest review....more
This book lied to me. It promised me great adventures, an awesome heroine, and a lush, gorgeously written fantasy. What did a I get?
Romance. Romance. RoThis book lied to me. It promised me great adventures, an awesome heroine, and a lush, gorgeously written fantasy. What did a I get?
Romance. Romance. Romance. AND MORE FREAKING ROMANCE!!!
Damian's body is beautiful. Damiam's body is chiseled. Damian's body is so hard and flexible and chewy and yummy and UGH I DON'T CARE!!!
This girl spends half the book talking about Damian's body. The other half is spent talking about Rylan's body.
RYLAN'S BODY IS FREAKING PERFECT! I UNDERSTAND THIS, YOU DON'T HAVE TO KEEP TELLING ME!!! This is one of the most frustrating books I've ever read. I'm going to borrow a line from Khanh's review: Mulan would fucking never. You know what, don't even read my review. Just read Khanh, because she sufficiently expresses my anger.
Alexa is the WORST BOY EVER. She tries to pretend she's a boy... I'm not kidding you, over half of the characters find out on their own, and she is shocked EVERY SINGLE TIME. Speaking of her being shocked, this is the stupidest girl I have ever read about. She can figure out NOTHING by herself. Every time Damian reveals another secret she turns into a pissy, confused Overly Obsessive Girlfriend. They had a picture of her on the back, and this is what she looks like:
There were probably only two things in this book that were actually surprising. It was just so darn predictable. [spoiler]Damian isn't what he seems? Wow I totally didn't guess that! Rylan knows she's a girl and loves her? Huh? Since when? The king is evil? Iker is evil? The Belovon(or however you spell it - the worlds were so non-existent I don't know anything about the place so I don't care to remember it) army didn't kill Damian's mother? Lisbeth is a sorcerer? Jax is Damian's brother? Alexa, for no reason in particular, is the only person who can save the country? I definitely saw none of this coming. (I just lied - I saw all of it coming.) [/spoiler]
And the breeding house? Please explain what point they had, because it seemed like there was none. And I'm not just talking about the reader - I'm talking about in the story, for any character, THERE IS NO POINT. I guess it was just so Alexa would have to hide that she was a girl, but could the author really not think of a better reason? Alexa is almost 17 years old and the war has been going on for almost as long as she's been alive. How many soldiers could these breeding houses produce? Even if they started them at 14, at the beginning of the war, did you really expect it to go on for that long? How does the king justify this to his people? How has there not been an uproar? It's not like they're overly loyal. [spoiler]When Damian killed the king, there was no question about following him, instead.[/spoiler] I know my dad isn't a super special awesome fighting knight, but no way would be allow me or any of my sisters to be taken to this breeding house. He would die first. What is wrong with the mend in these books, that they don't care that their children are being taken away? If I was a guy and someone tried to take my daughter and force me into their army, screw that. I would be sabotaging that place so fast. There's no way that would happen.
Screw this book, screw the characters, and screw anyone who doesn't fight for their children....more
This book is a flip-flop. It pretends to be a sweet, lovely ghost story, and then smacks you in the face with it's viciousness. I hadn't read any kindThis book is a flip-flop. It pretends to be a sweet, lovely ghost story, and then smacks you in the face with it's viciousness. I hadn't read any kind of synopsis before reading this, so maybe it gave some away with the back cover, but going in completely blind was amazing.
Anya is also a flip-flop. At the start of the book you love her, until you realize what a brat she is and begin to hate her. Then it's love, hate, love, hate until the book ends. I loved her at the end, but I'm not sure she deserved it. She's pretty selfish throughout the whole book, but I think she learned something.
Emily, on the other hand... well I just love Emily.
The plot is pretty straightforward and predictable, but the illustrations compliment it so well that I wasn't even that bothered by it. The art sets the tone and fits the story so perfectly that the plot hardly matters.
Honestly, I don't think this book would work for a novel. Maybe if the descriptions painted as beautiful pictures as the art does. But it works great as a graphic novel!...more