This book was... okay. I enjoyed it in some parts, got totally irritated in others.
First things first. Japan. Or, at least, the Japanese sounding nameThis book was... okay. I enjoyed it in some parts, got totally irritated in others.
First things first. Japan. Or, at least, the Japanese sounding names and equipment within the story. Now, I love Japan. It's an awesome country, and when I learned that this story had some Japanese stuff in it, I was pretty excited.
Damn, was I disappointed.
The Japan-thing only extended to the fighting tools and place names. If that's the extent, why put it in at all? The rest was all Western. The names, everything.
I wasn't very impressed by her.
I feel as if Brewer wanted a kick-ass heroine who does not play damsel-in-distress (as she helpfully mentioned a bazillion times in the book) and so killed off her childhood friend in an attempt to give Kaya a reason to fight.
No. No, it doesn't work that way.
Don't get me wrong; if a monster killed my friend, I would totally want to learn how to defeat them. But this? This plot try-hard was so poorly done I just wanted to groan and hide my head under a pillow. I feel as if Kaya was based off Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy, except Rose is so much cooler.
I find it extremely hard to believe that this Protocol system has been in effect for so long, and Kaya is the only one in History to openly go against it. I mean, Kaya isn't the only hardheaded, idiotic person out there, right? There must have been SOME other people who don't like this Barrons-are-awesome-Healers-are-weak type of thing. Besides, Healers aren't that bad. It's true; Barrons can't survive without Healers. But what I find most shaky about Brewer's world building is her claim that Healers can't fight. Or rather, aren't allowed to.
Even if it IS a new world, that has got to be the stupidest thing I've ever heard.
Reasons: everything that Kaya said in the book.
And fuck, there was a love triangle.
To give Brewer some credit, it wasn't an insta-lurve type of thing (though it fell dangerously close) and Kaya's "electricity" with Darius isn't too overdone.
Didn't mean I liked it, though.
Trayton was average as well. His sweetness wasn't full-on like freaking Xavier from Halo (don't even get me started on the Halo series) but overall I didn't find anything I really liked about him.
By the way, why is there always the 'dark, brooding, mysterious' guy and the 'cheerful, happy, nice' guy in love triangles? Can't it be some other combination? Why do girls always have to be attracted to complete opposites?
One thing that really, really, really bothered me was Kaya's apparent skill with the katana.
Why the fuck did she manage to learn that in a week what normally takes years?
Why the fuck did Kaya become good enough to wield a bloody katana in seven days? To be good enough to take out a couple of Graplers?
Anything from sports to martial arts takes YEARS to learn and master. I really just can't believe that freaking Kaya bested Darius, who has probably been training all his life, in a fight (well, it was a draw, but same thing).
That part of the book was most irritating. I feel as if Brewer is trying to downplay the art of the sword AND make Kaya some kind of war goddess.
Also, before I forget, I want to talk about Avery.
Brewer did not introduce her long enough for us to become attached to her. So, when Avery died, I was like, "Meh." The fact that we didn't even SEE Avery's death also contributed to that.
What basically happened was that there was a festival. Yay. Then, Avery is making goo-goo eyes at a guy in a stall. Kaya gets distracted for a sec and hears some screaming. Runs over. Guy is dead. Monster alert. Rawr. Dad comes. Avery's dead. Faints.
Huh. And you wonder why I don't give a shit.
I think there's something wrong with the editor. Brewer's sentences are so fucked - excuse me, I meant 'fakked' - up. She kept on putting commas in the middle of sentences. Example:
The little girl bought a teddy bear and a tub of glue.
When Brewer is writing, it looks like:
The little girl bought a teddy bear, and a tub of glue.
And why, oh why, did Brewer mess up the words? 'Fucked' is 'fucked', alright? 'Fucked' does NOT become 'fakked'. 'Ticked' is 'ticked', not 'terked'. Maybe Brewer made them different because it's a new world or something, but if you apply that logic... EVERYTHING will be screwed up. It was so distracting every time I read 'fakked' or 'fak' because then I would stop, slowly sound it out, and then simple replace it with 'fucked' or 'fuck'.
Mm... I'm done ranting now. Let's go onto some other points of the book.
Quite honestly, there weren't many good bits. I liked Maddox... to an extent. Melanie was the usual Queen Bee bitch that I really could have done without. The villain (won't name him/her due to major spoiler issues) was pretty good because I thought the reasons were different than the norm. But I still thought the villain was a pussified version and wished that the action would have stretched on a little bit longer.
*Sigh* I'm done here. I'm tired. I want to sleep. I suppose I will be following this series because, bad as I may have made it sound, the plotline was alright and the characters likeable enough.
I will admit, though, that the cliffhanger was pretty good....more
I did not like this. It was so annoying and predictable. Scarlet pissed me off so much. She tries so hard to be 'tough gurl' and does not want to listI did not like this. It was so annoying and predictable. Scarlet pissed me off so much. She tries so hard to be 'tough gurl' and does not want to listen to anyone, and the language itself irritated me to no end. Rob was an idiot, and by page 60, I already figured out that John was in love with her and that there was going to be the dreaded love triangle. I just gave up and skipped to the end, where I found out scarlet was freaking Maid Marian.
Just one question: Scarlet uses peasant language throughout the book, and so how is she going to switch to the language of nobles if she wants to be Maid Marian?...more