Far and away better than Cass's Selection series, but with a few weak spots. A really interesting look at sirens - possibly one of the most original tFar and away better than Cass's Selection series, but with a few weak spots. A really interesting look at sirens - possibly one of the most original that I've read. Longer review to come. ...more
This wasn't what I was expecting. The Deviantart-esque cover, the premise - I was expecting something fairly terrible.
I was rather surprised. (view spThis wasn't what I was expecting. The Deviantart-esque cover, the premise - I was expecting something fairly terrible.
I was rather surprised. (view spoiler)[ - This is a story set in a fairy-tale world, and tries to examine the tropes of fairy tales. It does its best to be quirky and unique and almost satirise the fairy tale princess trope. It doesn't quite work - it felt a bit fan fictiony in its descriptions.
- There were a few words misused - like 'benefactor'. And a few small continuity issues (sixty students drops to fifty in roughly a chapter.
- Sophie irritated me but I rather liked Agatha at the beginning. By the end - and the sequel - she's kind of a simpering twit. The supporting characters like Anadil, Dot and Hector are quite good. I can't freaking stand Tedros, though.
- The plot was quite convoluted for the age group that it was aimed at.
Overall, it didn't prove the extreme LOVE or HATE I was told I'd feel. Written for a younger audience than YA, it has some interesting ideas that probably would have been better received in a YA format. And I also think the cover design has let this book down
No, seriously. There's a YA trend at the moment to turn everything into a series - which is fine, if the sto Why why WHY does this have to be a series?
No, seriously. There's a YA trend at the moment to turn everything into a series - which is fine, if the story can sustain it. Unfortunately, it results in a lot of books having very little plot because the story is being stretched out. The most successful series have individual stories that fit into a larger world. No, really. It should be three books: four plots - the plot of each book, plus the larger series arc (a la Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, the Lunar Chronicles.)
The Jewel, of course, suffers violently from a case of one plot: three books. And that plot? Very much ripped off from the likes of The Handmaiden, The Selection and the whole genre of whiny pseudo-fantasy YA.
Let's play Everything that is Wrong with This Book.
(view spoiler)[- The Augeries (spelling?) have not been explained in any way. The surrogates just have random super magical powers. Magical powers that want to kill them. Lovely. I suspect these will be Very Important when the inevitable rebellion occurs. There’s always an inevitable rebellion with a Generic White Teenage Female Victim at the center.
- The characters. Dahlia and Lily were completely interchangable. I hope Amy Ewing has a plan for Lily, because Dahlia was a wasted character, and it would have been far more effective to create one character for them. Raven is a standard-issue spunky best friend who falls victim to a horrible fate. No refunds. Lucien's characterisation seems GoT influenced and inconsistent.
I did think the twist with Garnet being in on the rebellion was clever. Didn't see it coming.
A lot of characters seem to have little point beyond piles upon piles of exposition - like the dinner parties.
Violet was generic and uninspired. I admit, I thought her actually ending up pregnant would have added some much-needed tension and liven up proceedings a bit.
Ash irritated the shit out of me. Oh noes, here is my utterly tragic existence as a selfless, brooding teenage boy. I am so attracted to Violet it makes me angry. Ugh. MY KINGDOM FOR a fantasy series about a girl who doesn't fall in love. No love story at all.
- The world building was terrible. Diamantes as currency? Yuck. I rolled my eyes when I saw that. Seriously? Marks, units, points, beads = all better options! Hell, make up a word! Diamantes make me think of cheap dress beading. And the prices for these girls were ridiculous to the point we really haven’t been given a sense of economy in this universe. What does an apple cost? A dress? A house. The royalty, too, seems extreme. How is this massive ruling class supported? How is this world not massively inbred? (hide spoiler)]
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Wow. That book was long and dull. Bland, flat characters, a predictable plot and the required unconvincing romance.
I was so hoping this was going toWow. That book was long and dull. Bland, flat characters, a predictable plot and the required unconvincing romance.
I was so hoping this was going to become a murder mystery rather than paranormal romance. It's very much like The Magnolia League: teenage girls in Louisiana messing with magic they shouldn't whilst they walk around looking like supermodels; they both even have magic necklaces and dead mothers. The ending feels rushed without being interesting and I'm still not sure why I even bothered to finish it. ...more
I though I had an idea of what this book was going to be about, and the format that it was going to be. I was wrong. Totally unexpected. One plot twisI though I had an idea of what this book was going to be about, and the format that it was going to be. I was wrong. Totally unexpected. One plot twist made me squeal in shock.
Seriously, does anyone else picture Adrian as a more refined version of Mason from Dead Like Me? Because I'm pretty sure Callum Blue would play a flawless Adrian.
(view spoiler)[ - I think it's pretty obvious who has Jill. There's going to be a trade with the Alchemists of Sydney for Jill. - I hope the final book in this series includes Mrs Sage reuniting with Sydney, and kind of stepping up to protect Sydney. - I definitely want Zoe to have a Moral Event Horizon. Oooh, or if Zoe is turned Strigoi and Adrian has to use Spirit to bring her back? OR IF SYDNEY IS TURNED AND THEN ADRIAN TURNS HER HUMAN OH MY GOD. - I need Lissa or Rose to step up and be the bad-asses I know they are, for the protection of Adrian and Sydney. Actually, I kind of want Abe to protect Sydney, honestly.
- Honestly, if I had been writing this novel, I probably would have damaged Sydney a little more from her time in re-education. A little more fragile, a little more mentally breakable. But that's just my opinion. I love who Sydney is with and without Adrian - her strength is in her intellect, and I love that. - I want to see more Carly. I feel like Carly has a will of steel now, and I want to see that.
- I'm kind of hoping the Tatiana hallucinations are another part of Adrian's spirit powers, and that she'll be nicer to him eventually. (hide spoiler)] I am so sad that there is only one more book left. I want to spend more time in this world, honestly. I want to see Sydney start her own clandestine group that respects the Moroi world whilst protecting the human world from the vampire world. I'd definitely read a series about Jill and Eddie. ...more
I finished it about half an hour ago, and I'm not sure how I feel. Various spoiler-riffic thoughts below. (view spoiler)[ - FuckingOh man, it's over.
I finished it about half an hour ago, and I'm not sure how I feel. Various spoiler-riffic thoughts below. (view spoiler)[ - Fucking babies, man. It's so fanfiction, especially when Sydney is 19.
- DIMITRI AND ADRIAN OH MY FREAKING GOD. THAT WAS THE MOST SHOCKING TWIST OF ALL. TIME. SERIOUSLY.
- I kind of love Daniela (I swear it was spelt with one 'l' in other books, two in Ruby Circle. Will have to check) Ivashkov. She just rolls with the punches.
- I had really, really hope that the 'twist' that we were teased with was something to do with Adrian's ability to hear Tatiana. That it was more than just 'crazy'. That was disappointing.
- The fact Alicia was alive was kind of eh.
- I really, really wanted Sydney's mom to make an appearance. She sounded kind of awesome. And Carly.
- Rose's ring made me laugh, and reminded me of her thoughts surrounding her manicure back in VA. Something super over the top that she doesn't normally get to enjoy.
- I really wanted someone to punch Jared Sage. I felt like the fact he was selling blood to the Warriors kind of random and OOC. I'll have to reread the series to see if there are any clues.
- Couldn't Neil have just told everyone the mother was someone else? Him disappearing seemed to be convenience.
- No Angeline? I'm not a particular fan of the girl, but it was surprising, since I'm guessing the next time we're back in this universe, it will be to focus around either Angeline or Jill.
- I kind of hoped the stakes would be higher, if that makes sense. That we'd finish with a bang, not a whimper, especially since it's obviously going to be awhile before we come back to this universe. (hide spoiler)]...more