The context of the protagonist’s powers is cool but really contrived. Her slowly learning about them in the first one makes it sort of in the backgrouThe context of the protagonist’s powers is cool but really contrived. Her slowly learning about them in the first one makes it sort of in the background and intrigues, but when it’s front and center in the second one I got annoyed easily at the stupidity. Also, characters change personalities to fit the plot in the sequel and there are some effed up messages about love....more
So far so good. I wouldn't say I love this series but I like it quite a bit; the writing and plot grabbed me from the beginning and for the most partSo far so good. I wouldn't say I love this series but I like it quite a bit; the writing and plot grabbed me from the beginning and for the most part it never stopped. Mac feels quite realistic and feels like someone I would want to know in real life. She doesn't put to shame the possible comparisons to Buffy (though obviously Buffy is the awesome-est). The author does a good job making the whole world of nasties feel both epic and real - partially through Mac serving as a very effective audience stand-in. Some series make the mistake of the protagonist instantly accepting these amazing things, others the opposite in such a way that it's hard to sympathize or like him/her. Someone else could argue the latter for Mac, but I think that if I were in her shoes I would react the same way - intense denial of all this crazy knowledge before being forced to confront the truth, but remaining skeptical of my seemingly arbitrary Chosen One status and not changing the entirety of who I am so that I can go off and save the world the way people are pushing me to.
I appreciate how well-drawn the other characters are, and while I am preemptively skeptical of Mac for eventually falling for one or more guys who are pretty big a-holes, at least at this point she is very admirable in how she's handling/feeling about the men in her life. She may notice supernaturally or just naturally hot guys all around her, but unlike, say, Rachel Morgan from The Hollows she seems reluctant to jump into bed with every single one of them. The cover shown for this book is not the one I would have chosen, since it's far more about epic Urban Fantasy than Sex Sex Sex. But I suppose if it gets people to read this great book, it might be worth it.
Notes while reading the book: The first few sentences, while not hugely original for the genre, instantly grabbed me: “My philosophy is pretty simple—any day nobody's trying to kill me is a good day in my book. I haven't had many good days lately.” And I like the use of in medias res and the reader already being clued in to the world the book will devolve into a year from the actual first chapter. No texting? Strong first chapter. Have I found my new Dresden Files, or at least a Rachel Morgan who doesn’t irritate me so much esp w/her obsession with every hot guy ever? I have no issue w/pretty blonde girls who are shockingly powerful – Buffy Anne Summers anyone? Although she was the Chosen One. Instantly strong authorial voice, and a protagonist who feels real.
(view spoiler)[Sidhe-seer. “Case in point, those darned Harry Potter movies. That was so not what that part-Veela-chick, Fleur Delacour, looked like.” – OMGYES love. I gave him my frostiest look, much-practiced on drunk, randy patrons at The Brickyard. Lists had become my anchors. They got me through the days. The oblivion of sleep got me through the nights. If he was winter, I was summer. If I was sunshine, he was night. A dark and stormy one I'd been putting up with the Barbie stereotype for years. That pink was my favorite color, that I liked matching accessories and eye-catching heels, didn't help much. Not a fan of abusive true love. 8 hallows. Lightstonespearsswordcauldron. Darkmirrorboxamuletbook. I like a set # of special objects. It reminds me of my Power Rangers childhood. "Alina didn't get into woo-woo stuff" "Vampires? Eew. Dead. Enough said. Time-travel? Ha, give me creature comforts over a hulking highlander with the manners of a caveman any day. Werewolves? Oh please, just plain stupid. Who wants to get it on with a man who's ruled by his inner dog? As if all men aren't anyway" 4 houses, 4 stones. Stop this abuse, plz. Again, I say this. Gray Man sucks away beauty. "Beautiful women rarely possess sufficient depth of character to survive without their pretty feathers." 24 inches eh? Seelie queen. Unseelie’s imprisoned. "And for the record, I don't always wear pink. I often wear peach or lavender." Null. Damsel-ing. Book most powerful of the ones. "Men. Take them into a classy lingerie store and I guarantee you they'll find the only thing in there made of cheap black leather and chains." Ew. The Unseelie royals are hotties only. 2 stones. "The world notices pretty, well-dressed young women. And it tries real hard not to see the unattractive, sloppy ones." Hmm, sex faeries. Cruce "I'd never had any desire to save the world. Decorate it? Yes. Save it? No. Until a short time ago, I'd been a small-town girl with smalltown dreams and perfectly content with my lot in life." "One of Womankind's greatest mistakes: falling in love with a man's potential." Hmm, she sure is overcome w/desire a lot. Not sure if it’s a + or -. JC spear. Can X any fae. As it was, I'd been sidetracked by the vision of my own good taste lying there on the floor. I wasn't sure if I should be relieved or appalled by how shallow I was. “Books and movies. You stake a vampire, it goes poof and disappears.” "Well, maybe it's in… London or something," I persisted. "Did you check out other cities?" Yeah, exactly where does her previously non-existent fighting ability come from? Magic? (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Alternately bland and grating protagonist. Somehow long-winded despite not being a very long book. Lack of dialogue is used poorly in order to focus onAlternately bland and grating protagonist. Somehow long-winded despite not being a very long book. Lack of dialogue is used poorly in order to focus on highly skippable lifeless descriptions. Terribly anticlimactic. Unfulfilling ending that makes me wonder what the point was. Only likable side characters not around enough, and not even revisited in sequels....more