Edit: 12/2/12 Screw all my better judgement and the warnings screaming in my head. I'm buying the hardback box set and giving these another try...someEdit: 12/2/12 Screw all my better judgement and the warnings screaming in my head. I'm buying the hardback box set and giving these another try...someday. It's impossible to resist them anyway. Damn the publishers for making these books so freaking pretty on your shelves.
Edited: 6/12/12.There's nothing wrong with a good dystopian book. However, if you are looking for such works and believe Matched to be one of them, back away from this review for it will contain opinions that can be taken offensively (and probably will be).
When will I learn to stop judging books by their pretty covers? Maybe the answer is never, for I still ended up picking up Matched with no knowledge whatsoever what the book was about.
I have to say, the unoriginality hindered my enjoyment greatly. Perhaps it's because reading so many dystopians that introduce me to all these different worlds, some of them just seem like a replica of another, just with different character names and a different problem.
I never feel right reviewing a book I didn't finish, but upon trying twice, I have to say that Matched did not live up to my expectations. Most of the time, re-reading a book helps me pick up on details and underlined messages I didn't notice before. But with this, I realized only how much less Matched had to offer than I originally thought.
Unfortunately, Torn is even worse than the first, lacking in many of the things Switched had to offer.
It's really hard to get into a book when thUnfortunately, Torn is even worse than the first, lacking in many of the things Switched had to offer.
It's really hard to get into a book when the main character insists and refuses to do anything in any way but her own. And the similarities to Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series? Maybe Amanda Hocking didn't mean for that to happen, or for anyone to be aware of it, but I tend to pick up on the littlest of things.
We'll start off with the whole "I love my mentor but he won't love me back thing" we have going on here. Doesn't that remind you of a certain couple? A certain Rose and Dimitri, perhaps? And Loki reminds me of Adrian, despite how much I try to deny it. Then we have those jealousy moments. Such as when Finn saw Wendy with Loki. Which again brings me back to Dimitri, Rose, and Adrian.
For the sake of this series, I hope the last book can surprise me in some way, shape, or form. I'd hate to dislike something with such potential. If Wendy could only stop being that damsel in distress and start kicking some butt, I'd be more than happy to support Amanda's future works....more
As a fan of Fallen, I was slightly disappointed with Torment, but I was horrified at the content of Passion. It was confusing and the only thing LuceAs a fan of Fallen, I was slightly disappointed with Torment, but I was horrified at the content of Passion. It was confusing and the only thing Luce seemed to be good at was going around in circles.
If I didn't know better, I'd say this book was written by a different author, or at the very least, an amateur ghostwriter. I still can't believe how much this series dropped in quality, and if I could, I'd make Lauren Kate rewrite this book over, and if I'm still not pleased then, she'd rewrite it again. And I will, as soon as I rule the world. So rememeber to cast in your votes when election day comes.
The Worst of the Worst:
#1—THE WRITING I mean it when I say the writing was all over the place. It was a huge downgrade from the first book, and even the second. I could barely understand what was going on, and I struggled to keep reading. And honestly, I don't know why I did. *facepalm* The time I spent reading Passion ended up being two wasted days of my life I'll never get back.
#2—TIME TRAVELING Letting Luce time travel was a big mistake on Lauren Kate's part. Passion was like a very long, stretched out game of tag, with Daniel after Luce to stop her from messing something up (like expected). After I got to the middle of Passion, I was exhausted, tired, and didn't want to read anymore. Ever.
#3—LUCE Honestly, girl, if you don't trust the boy, don't date him. What good can possibly come from doing so if all you do is wonder if he's keeping secrets from you? Learn from Nora and Patch, another couple in a pointless human/angel relationship. Where did putting her nose in buisness that didn't concern her get Nora? Nowhere. And on top of that, she was held captive. And who does Nora have to blame? Herself, because she was too insecure.
It's going to take a hell lot of five star reviews to convince me to even look at Rapture, after the huge disappointment that is Passion. But don't get me wrong, I am keeping my fingers crossed that Rapture is good.