This only gives the first four chapters of the entire series. And I must say, from what I've read, it's slightly better than "Throne of Glass" but I'dThis only gives the first four chapters of the entire series. And I must say, from what I've read, it's slightly better than "Throne of Glass" but I'd have to read the entire book to see because I really don't find that series spectacular as everyone else does. Hopefully, this series will make me a true Maas fan-girl too. Or not.
The two sisters are like their counter parts in Cinderella: lazy, clueless, boy-crazy bitches. In other words, typical. So when the MC does leave her family, we don't care because they're dis-likable anyway. It takes away some of the emotional departure when the MC is spirited away with Tamlin. As for her father, he's just as useless (in her opinion) but at least he helps. I'm actually glad that Tamlin shows up and gets her ass. I want to the land of the Fae anyway.
There is one grip: There is misconception on hunting/skinning/butchering animals. There is a reason why butchering game is done OUTSIDE of the house: It's a disgusting, messy, long, and smelly process. So when I read that they eat in the same place where they butchered the dear that night, I super hurled (figuratively.) And laughed because so many fantasy books really don't know how meat is prepared--or they just skip over it. My father hunts so I know this stuff, but for other the ignorant readers (which is a blessing to them; people should really appreciate butchers and people who process meat. It's really not something to be taken lightly.)
The same with skinning. It doesn't take minutes to skin a wolf of that size. There are steps evolved. Patience. Skill. Because if you pierce the wrong thing, say the peritoneal cavity of the belly, it can ruin the meat all together. And the smell... I'll leave that up to your imagination.
I think this is a mix up of both Cinderella(with out the bitchy step-mother) and Beauty and the Beast(without her really sacrificing anything; she mostly complains about protecting her family when Tamlin comes), and East of the Sun, West of the Moon.
I really want to see Maas' version of the fae. Guess I'll have to wait to May....more
I rather enjoyed the aspects of the piano scenes since, I myself am self-taught and play but as for the fact the vast age difference between two charaI rather enjoyed the aspects of the piano scenes since, I myself am self-taught and play but as for the fact the vast age difference between two characters was somewhat creepy....more
Standard Armentrout, entertaining but brings nothing new to the table. It's just like any other PNR YA. But the formula works so and she uses it accorStandard Armentrout, entertaining but brings nothing new to the table. It's just like any other PNR YA. But the formula works so and she uses it accordingly. ...more
When I heard about this new series, I wanted to read this for two reasons: GARGOLYS! And to see if JLA ripped-off another s**spoiler alert** GARGOLYS!
When I heard about this new series, I wanted to read this for two reasons: GARGOLYS! And to see if JLA ripped-off another series like the her other two YA’s. As you may well know, the first two books in the “Covenant” series were the exact copies of Mead’s “Vampire Academy” with Greek Gods thrown in and the first book of “Lux” series was “Twilight” with aliens. I wanted to see if she’d do it again but unlike Britney, she didn’t.
I wanted this:
This is what I got:
1. A special, but not so special (in her mind) self-loathing MC.
2. An over sexualized best friend who is there to make the MC look better, and show that she is innocent and chaste who slut-shames, starts mess, and enforces female-on female hate.
3. The White Knight love interest that the MC is in love with but only sees as a sister, but that’s okay, we all now she’s going to drop him for the demonic bad-boy in the end anyway.
4. The so-called sexy Bad-Boy that Jericho Barrons wouldn’t touch to even kill who’s mysterious, knows important things about her, and makes her see that her family is not who they are supposed to be.
5. The High School Queen B who is there for school drama and hate on the MC.
6. A new but very kind female character that is one of the love interest’s betrothed, girlfriend etc. who is placed there for the MC to lament and stir up unnecessary mess.
7. Stalking that is okay with the MC when the second love interest tells her he did it for protection.
8. The family has been holding a humongous secret from the MC and doesn't tell her because leaving people ignorance is safer bullSh*t.
9. Ooh, and kissing. Lots and lots of that.
In other words every generic paranormal YA book has—except this has gargoyles. Which really isn’t nothing awesome because we hardly see the Wardens in action. And that’s what I cared about. Gargoyles. Action. And from what I've gather, they’re just like Shifters, except they just shift into stone with wings.
If this is your kind of thing, then by all means, read to heart’s content, but for people who are looking for something more (like me) look elsewhere.
Look, clichés and tropes work and JLA, with her humorous and easy reading writing style, utilizes these aspects to the best of her ability. And honestly, clichés just sell. This is why I can appreciate authors who actually step out of the trend: J. K. Rowling, Susan Ee, Laini Taylor, Marissa Meyer… the list goes on.
Layla: I thought Layla would be, I don’t know, something more than what to the book show me. I mean she’s a demon and gargoyle hybrid. A FREAKING HYBRID! SHE Should HAVE BEEN THE MOST BAD-ASS THING IN THE WHOLE STORY! I was amped to see what she could do. Like, could she manipulate her gargoyle form like Roth’s snake Bambi. Manipulate stone in general and since Demons have the power to persuade humans, she being half demon, she could persuaded the Wardens--rip them of their free-will--to tell her anything, get what she wanted, you know, Dominate--be a BAD-ASS.
Something like this:
I don’t know but that’s what I was expecting, Pretty awesome right but I’m keeping that idea for myself because I’m writing a fantasy with goyles and I think the stuff I came up with would work in my favor. So if you still my sh*t I'm coming after you!
This is all Layla does: See souls, can eat them, and tag demons. That it.
Oh, and she can cause Armageddon because her name is really close to the greatest evil b*tch to ever come out of Christian Bible. She hates herself for being what she is, and hates other females because they’re what she’s not. Danika has been nothing but kind to Layla but Layla treats her like sh*t because she’s pretty, a Warden, and is mated to Zayne.
She thinks she ugly too and thinks that being compared to this glorious being as his sister is a downgrade
CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS SH*T?
I issued that b*tch a demerit.
You don’t dis Legolas, Layla, unlike you he can actually kick ass and is gorgeous doing it. And that was another thing. She always needed her *ss saved and she only does anything productive until the end of the book when she has two guys beside her.
She's linked to the destruction of the world and is the world's only hope(who isn’t in paranormal YA?) and she goes of with hotty bad-boy in search for a book that looks the Necronomicon but has the evilness of the Sinsar Dubh in order to stop world annihilation but you all know what's going to happen: The bad-guy will find it, use it, and cause H*ll on earth anyway. Can't wait for that sh*t to happen!
There is a massive plot-hole in here too.
Humans are not supposed to know that Heaven and Hell really exist which is the stupidest thing ever because Wardens came out ten years ago and didn't people say they were monsters, demons? And if not, why wouldn't any intelligent-thinking person not even have the thought that other supernatural creatures exist? What sense does that make? None. That's what. It makes humanity pretty damn stupid in my book.
But I think that’s it. I’ll read the others just to see everything will end but have a good idea what will happen. ...more
It's "Terminator" with dragons and one of the most fickle heroins ever. I can tell the author really loves those movies since one of the main characteIt's "Terminator" with dragons and one of the most fickle heroins ever. I can tell the author really loves those movies since one of the main characters' name is "Connor" as in the bad-ass woman who was the mother of the savior of out planet against the machines. Mrs. Sarah Connor ...more