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The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce
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Aug 02, 10

bookshelves: demons-angels, did-not-finish, fantasy, here-be-dragons, fairies, paranormal, vampires, young-adult
Read from July 29 to August 02, 2010

In theory, I like the idea of books that are told like a fairy tale or seem fairy tale inspired. However most of the time when I pick one up I have a hard time getting into it. I think part of the problem, as with this book here too, is the heroines are frequently written very one dimensional. The heroine in this book isn't too bad, but she is still written in a similar way. She's so sweet and docile that even though she's the slave of the lady that the Darkangel kidnaps and she's been treated poorly by this woman almost her whole life... she still risks her life and goes out to get revenge for the lady's death. Then the heroine is taken by the Darkangel as well to become a slave for his wives. And she gradually sort of just comes to accept that too. Heroines in this genre tend to have this complex where they are just too pure and perfect to have much of a personality. And I really don't like heroines that come off like a doormat. 'Just step all over me and I'll just take it' kind of thing.

Now I'm sure there's the argument that she was born a slave and therefore just has that mentality and I understand that. And perhaps later in the book she got better. But it's just one of the things that make the want to give up on a book. I've read other books where the heroine is a slave or in some demeaning position but they don't lie like a doormat too. The plot sounded like it could be really interesting and the world in The Darkangel was built really well. But if I can't like the characters, or at least the main character, then I'm not going to waste my time.
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message 1: by Catherine (last edited Aug 02, 2010 01:59PM) (new)

Catherine I agree, sweet, innocent doormats are a big turn off.


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