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Oh NO. Not another Mary Sue protagonist who's being all, "How could I possibly be special? Look at me, I'm so plain!" as if BEAUTY represents a female's worth. Shut up about it already. And all the dialogue feels wincingly forced, the "action-packed" scenes like they come straight out of the slo-mo section of a bad sitcom. Please...stop and be more awesome.
Apr 22, 2012 09:07AM
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

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Steph Su is 40% done
Oh, you did NOT just use an Oriental stereotype. Wait--yep, you did. I should've stopped reading you a long time ago, but now we're truly done. Why would I read on when the only research you seem to have done is watch Cold War Era anti-Communist propaganda and corny kung fu movies? Goodbye, truly extraordinarily sloppy storytelling.
Apr 23, 2012 07:46PM
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

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Steph Su is 34% done
"The Grisha seemed obsessed with emulating serf ways....But there was something a little silly about eating 'hearty peasant fare' off porcelain plates...The Little Palace was a storybook version of serf life, no more like the real Ravka than the glitter and gilt of the royal court." Premature moralizing is like premature ejaculation: easier to do when you're less conscientious of your partner.
Apr 23, 2012 06:49PM
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

Steph Su
Steph Su is 32% done
Okay. They're in the palace. It's getting slightly better. But the events occurring in the palace are so cliched, because... *drumroll*... SHE GOT A MAKEOVER. And she still thinks she's unattractive. And we're being hit over the head with clearly polarizing descriptions about characters and the palace. Look, I think I can figure out by myself whether a character is good or bad, thanks.
Apr 22, 2012 08:15PM
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

Steph Su
Steph Su is 13% done
The writing is kind of simplistic, and it's seeming to rely on quite a number of YA tropes and adolescent melodrama. But hmmm, this Darkling character intrigues me...
Apr 20, 2012 08:28AM
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

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Aly (Fantasy4eva) oh no! those are the exact things that keep me away from a book. not looking promising at all. and here i was thinking about buying this :/

keep us updated, steph. let me know if it gets better!

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Vickie Wilson *avoids like the Red Death* :P

Steph Su So I'm now about a third of the way through, and it's gotten a little better... though I don't know if it's at the point yet where I'd recommend the book. I'll let you guys know!

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