I read 20% before I was in serious threat of throwing the book across the room. And since I was reading it on my eReader, I couldnt risk it.
I read som...moreI read 20% before I was in serious threat of throwing the book across the room. And since I was reading it on my eReader, I couldnt risk it.
I read some reviews before deciding to drop it because I was hoping to find out if it got better. In the process I discovered that a lot of people didnt like Bryn. I didnt have a problem with Bryn, personality-wise. My only problem with Bryn is that she was willing to accept these people, the Pack. I could not stand them! Any of them! Not even Ali, who wasnt even a werewolf but only married into it. Ugh! Five pm curfews! Chaperones! Not allowed to ask questions! "Just drop it Bryn. We know what's best for you." Seriously, I felt like she was part of a cult. Yet that wasnt the underlying mystery. It hadnt been introduced as such anyway. If this were futuristic, the way the Pack treated Bryn would turn out to be a dystopian government conspiracy. But not in this. In this it isnt even an issue. (less)
I really enjoyed A Discovery of Witches and gave it 3.5/5, so I was pretty excited to read this, but not frothing at the mouth. A Discovery of Witches...moreI really enjoyed A Discovery of Witches and gave it 3.5/5, so I was pretty excited to read this, but not frothing at the mouth. A Discovery of Witches was fairly long and took me 5 days to read, which is long. But I have been working on this one for 9 days! And I only got to page 383 before I gave up. They arent the longest books out there, not by a long shot, but they are far longer than they have to be. They are so slow and drawn out. It wasnt as bad in A Discovery of Witches, but Shadow of Night is far slower and more boring and just so tedious. I am still a bit curious what happened, but not curious enough to put up with another 200 pages.
And I could not stand Marlowe! After what he did to Diana I expected Matthew to kill him! Even betraying her to Hubbard was bad enough, but trying to skewer her shouldnt go unpunished, especially when you are a vampire! But what does Matthew do? He forgives him! And by the end of the book they are friends again, patting each other on the back! Marlowe wasnt even worth keeping around. He was so annoying, and childish and bitter. Same goes for Phillipe. Everyone spoke of him like the sun shined out of his ass, but I found him annoying, condescending and arrogant, not to mention controlling! Ugh, it just wasnt worth it for me.(less)
When I first started this book I was pretty excited. It had a good setup and I was interested in Joss' life and where things would lead with getting a...moreWhen I first started this book I was pretty excited. It had a good setup and I was interested in Joss' life and where things would lead with getting a new apartment and introducing new people into her life. She had a tragic past but it didnt overwhelm the story like some other tragic heroines in contemp. Although I wasnt entirely won over by Joss herself, I enjoyed Ellie, and Braden seemed to have a lot of potential too.
Joss thought he was an ass but I thought that he was sweet, just a bit overly flirty. He was kind to everyone, and showed concern to Joss on more than one occasion. When she had the panic attack at Ellie's mom's place, and when James showed up at her apartment and Braden gave her his number in case she needed anything. He seemed to actually care about her despite his serial dating ways. I could see it was a long book and suspected that most of that time would be taken up by Braden trying to break through her walls. *sigh* Nope.
45% into the book Braden lays it out for Joss. He wants to have sex with her. A LOT! He doesnt care about a relationship and he refused to give her emotional support in return. And she agrees! Suddenly Braden has become the ass that Joss saw all along. I guess he had me fooled. Now I hate him and I cant even force myself to read the sex scene that follows. Being ordered around by some loser who wants to use you for sex but refuses to give you anything in return does not sound like my idea of a good sex scene. The thought of reading the rest of that scene repulses me, let along the rest of the book. I am sure he does care about her or there would be no story. But I dont care, I just cant read this. Its derogatory, imo.
Also, Joss is one of those women who is smokin' hot but doesnt know it, which is super tedious. She is told by both Ellie and Braden how hot she is but she still doesnt seem to believe it. When she first realized that she was getting Braden's attention, she wonders why. She lists all her physical features, inventorying them, and I am thinking Damn! She sounds fine. But then she's like, I'm nothing special. How stupid can she really be? (less)
I dont rate DNF books, but if I did I would probably give this 1.5/5. The story was ok so it gets an extra half star for that. It didnt captivate me,...moreI dont rate DNF books, but if I did I would probably give this 1.5/5. The story was ok so it gets an extra half star for that. It didnt captivate me, but it was probably the best part of the book. In a futuristic world where religion is closely monitored and almost outlawed, Justin is a servitor, someone who investigates religions and shuts down the dangerous ones. He is sort of a mentalist, and is helping solve serial murders which are believed to have religious connections. But, the strange thing is, that gods are real. And Justin knows it. There is involvement from Greek, Roman, and Norse gods. I dont know if they are good or bad, or involved with the murders since I didnt finish the book, but they are there.
The story moved really slowly, it reads like a detective novel and really didnt keep my interest. I really didnt like the writing style either. It was distant, and formal, and reminded me a lot of the one Kathy Reichs book I read. I really didnt enjoy that one either so thats not a compliment. The writing really did not feel connected to the characters at all. I felt like I was just watching from a distance. Like I was reading a history book.
I also found it really really difficult to understand the world I was in. I dont know how far in the future this is supposed to be set, but I imagine its pretty far, since the country names are different. But Richelle Mead didnt even seem to bother trying to help us adjust. She threw us into this world and didnt bother to try to explain it. I had no idea what was going on and I could not follow most of the conversations because half the words were foreign. It was really frustrating, and whatever small motivation I had to continue reading disappeared in my confusion. I dont remember the narration ever, even once, stopping to explain a new term to us. I still have no idea if a patrician is the same thing it traditionally is. It didnt seem to be used in the usual context. And even if it was, its not a word I think the average person is familiar with. I really couldnt get a grasp of what was happening, or the characters because they were often described using these new terms.
But I didnt care for the characters anyway. I am almost seething when I think of them. At first, I thought Mae was the MC, because the first chapter was from her POV, but then it began to alternate with Justin, and more of them were from Justin's POV. The chapter POV ratio was probably 3:1. Justin was smart with mentalist abilities, but he was disgusting to me. He was a horrible MC. He was a rude, womanizing ass with a drug problem. Seriously! He makes me so angry! He thinks its a good time to end up unconscious on the floor of a seedy bar. And he is so arrogant and full of himself and just blah! Then there is Mae, who is also arrogant but not because of her intelligence, but because of her upbringing, or heritage, or caste. I dont even know which one because this is one of the things about the book that I couldnt grasp, because of the poor descriptions. She was so stuck up and proud. She thought she was so much better than everyone else. Too good for Justin. Normally I would say everyone is too good for Justin, but when you start acting like a bitch, then you dont really have the right to say that.
There were also occasional chapters from the POV of Tessa. A sixteen year old girl who was Justin's ward and I have no idea what her relevance was, since I didnt finish the book. But when I stopped reading, at 42%, she still didnt seem important to me. She was an ok character, but nothing special. She was smart, like Justin, so maybe she will help them later on in the book or the series. I dont care and I dont intend to find out.
The characters in this were so repulsive, and the storytelling so frustrating, that when I see the cover of the book it makes me nauseous. I am no longer as excited to read Vampire Academy as I was before. The story and characters may be better, but I dont know if that alone will be enough to make me read it, if the writing is anything like this.
ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Penguin Group Dutton, in exchange for an honest review.(less)
I enjoyed Wither enough to keep going with the series. It made me a bit uncomfortable, but I was curious about Rhine and Gabriel's fate. So I read Fev...moreI enjoyed Wither enough to keep going with the series. It made me a bit uncomfortable, but I was curious about Rhine and Gabriel's fate. So I read Fever and enjoyed it more. There was little or no Linden, several locales, and much more romance developed between Rhine and Gabriel and it was totally adorable. It had so much more progress in Rhine's life overall, compared to Wither, which was stagnant in comparison. Of course it was all undone with one move by Vaughn in the end. But with only one book left in the series, and with some much left to accomplished, I figured Sever would be full of excitement. But 100 pages in and I still have to suffer through Linden's presence, and there is still no sign of Gabriel, and no sign that Rhine will be going after him or Rowan any time soon. I hate how the book portrays Linden as a sympathetic character. In the first book he was portrayed as kind, although he impregnated a 13 year-old. Its a contradiction but I figured it didnt matter, because I figured he didnt matter. But 2 books later and Rhine's world still seems to revolve around him. His role in the series isnt what I thought it would be. He completely disgusts me and I couldnt take it anymore. What finally tipped me over the edge was this line:
"I dont know that I could ever love [Gabriel] the way that Linden and Cecily are in love, or the way Linden and Rose were."
WTF?! You think impregnating a barely pubescent girl twice in quick succession, causing her to nearly die is love? You think his love for two girls within a year could grow stronger than you could love Gabriel in a lifetime? Gabriel who is actually worthy? If Linden had actually loved Rose or Cecily his relationship with his other wives would have seemed wrong to him. He had absolutely no sense of fidelity. If he didnt love them, then I understand it would not have occurred to him, because thats just how things are done. But if he loved Cecily in this book, he would not have been making any attempt to reconcile with Rhine. So if Rhine cant love Gabriel as much as Linden can love, than the fault is solely hers. She is defective and doesnt know the meaning of love. So I closed the book. I'm done.(less)
**WARNING** This book has M-M-F menage. I stopped reading and deleted it from my Kindle as soon as it came up. Some ppl are into that, I'm sure. Its a...more**WARNING** This book has M-M-F menage. I stopped reading and deleted it from my Kindle as soon as it came up. Some ppl are into that, I'm sure. Its a matter of personal taste. But even if I was into that, she knew the guy for less than a day when he was like, "Meet my friend." And then BAM, threesome in the kitchen. WTF she doesnt even know the second guy! What a hobag.(less)
I bought this from Amazon, skimmed it, and returned it. I wanted to know what happened after the scream. The blurb was too vague. But it sounded sweet...moreI bought this from Amazon, skimmed it, and returned it. I wanted to know what happened after the scream. The blurb was too vague. But it sounded sweet. Two ppl who make each other happy, and just wanna be together even without sex, right? WRONG! This book is demented. They don't make each other happy. They make each other wanna kill people, maybe each other. Literally. They're a couple of little psychos. There was an epilogue which I kinda wish I had read before returning it. I am curious if they lived to be happy little psychos ever after, or if they changed. (less)