Well, I don't know what happened. I loved it in the beginning, I felt bored in the middle and I was totally annoyed at the end. I'd like to think I'm an expert in YA books, but I'm not. So here I go trying to explain why this book didn't work for me:
If you know me a little, you know I LOVE strong, witty, bad-ass female characters. You can tell because I dance every time a Rose, Katniss, Aria or Penryn appeared in my booky life. But I can't cope with the too-perfect element. She was good at everything! after more than a year of cruelty and torture it was pretty amazing how fast she recovered. Beside, the first thing we know about her is that even in a life or death situation, our girl can tell how hot a guy is. Impressive.
The King is so messed up, he creates a tournament of criminals, rebel solders and psychos for the title of King's Champion, aka Hitman. The Prince finds his competitor, an assassin in order to win it and fix some daddy issues. In his first scene I already knew how annoying the Prince was going to be for me. According to myself, for a love triangle to work out I need at least one attractive rival in this messy relationship. At first I though Chaol was the kind of guy who would make me swoon, but then this happened:
"I'm the Captain of the Guard, I'm not exactly a catch for any of them" "Are you mad? You're better than everyone in here. And you're -you're very handsome," she said, taking his hand in her free one. "You think so? he said after a moment, looking at their clasped hands."
And I can't tell you how much of a turn down is an insecure man for me. I mean, you can be Channing Tatum for all I know, but your insecurities about how pretty you are will be the end of it for us.
Actually, to be fair, one of the little things I liked about Cealena is how much she struggled between the need to keep a low profile during the whole competition and her need to prove herself better than Cain, who was receiving all the praise. That was the rare honest moments when I enjoyed her.
A great thing about this book was the world building, the different cultures and the fantasy element, it was pretty cool. I would have love to learn more about that instead of read about how awesome EVERYBODY said Caelena was, including herself.
The writing was okay, not impressive imo. The book was maybe too long, I've read exiting 500 pages high fantasy without complaining. It amused me how different both Chaol and the Prince (can you tell I don't remember his name and I'm too lazy to go and look it up?) saw her. For the Prince she was beautiful and innocent but for Chaol she was not only beautiful but a wild animal and "her markings of power were everywhere".
Be perfect Chaol, for me!!
Well, what I'm trying to say is this is not bad at all, but the too perfect heroine, the two love rivals and my lack of connection with the story made it a meh reading. There's a lot of hype about the second installment. I may read it when I won't feel annoyed by the characters anymore.
"A new trilogy, set around 1903, following the next generation of Shadowhunters after TID. More information to come.
Cassandra Clare said about writing more books in the Shadowhunter World:
My plan at the moment is to do five Shadowhunter series, total. I don’t know if I’ll do any series in the Shadowhunter world beyond that. I don’t know why five exactly — maybe because one of my major literary idols has always been Tamora Pierce and she did five series set in Tortall. :)"
"A new trilogy, set around 1903, following the next generation of Shadowhunters after TID..."
Say it again?
"A new trilogy, set around 1903, following the next generation of Shadowhunters after TID. More information to come..."
DON'T BOTHER. I DON'T WANNA HEAR IT. STOP IT. WRITE ABOUT SOMETHING
ELSE. I WILL GIVE YOU SOME IDEAS IF THAT'S WHAT IT TAKES.
PS: "I don’t know why five exactly — maybe because one of my major literary idols has always been Tamora Pierce and she did five series set in Tortall."
Because it'd be a first time if it just happens to be her idea.
I'm not trying to be objective here. It's Dimitri we're talking about and he proves again to be an awesome russian god. Even if this was kinda disappointing, Dimka was not exactly as epic as I was expecting him to be.
This was written in celebration for Dimitri's victory in the YA Crush Tournament and I'm so glad Richelle M. gave us this. Dimitri has been so in control always, but the first time he saw Rose he was impressed by her wild spirit. Thanks dear R.
Actual rating: 3.5 Stars [Booklikes has half stars!]
"Haven't you guessed by now?" I say, my heart hammering. "My home is you"
I think Unearthly was awesome, Hallowed was a little too angsty but Boundless kind of disappointed me. This had the potential to be an exceptional series for me, but in the end the plot felt too much romance centered, and a lot of great things were just wasted trying to resolve the love triangle.
Writers must think it's always so much fun to create a love triangle and make us all suffer with this ultimate kind of pain inflictor. And maybe it's kinda easy to create one, you know? Two guys, a beautiful complicated girl who can't make up her mind, a lot of angsty moments and voilà! But one of the things I've learn is that they don't always work out. (Actually I was looking for a love triangle which ended up well and I cannot think of anyone, any ideas?) And yes, dear Cynthia Hand, I think this love triangle was a total failure.
First of all, if you're asking my fifteen year old fangirl, I'm Team Tucker. And the ending was so not cool that even I was freaking out after I finished it. I mean, three books, right? plenty of time to make a proper ending with this three love birds, and that's what we get? The other guy just walk away willingly? And she's not devastated at all? she just walk down the stairs and you know… just forgot about him?
Christian gave his freaking life for her, damn it! I'm with Tucker, and even I am upset with that ending… I don't know if that's the kind of ending I would have liked for him. I mean, it's so unfair. Was Clara just using him? I know, she was doing everything in her power to save her friend, but even then… After months of this angsty love, she realized she wanted to be with Tucker the same day Tucker became a "prophet", she "saved" Asael, killed his daughter, resucited Tucker, saved Jeffrey from the mean Lucy, brought Angela from hell, saw her mom in a vision, made peace with Samjeemze, met her grandpa Uriel, AND SAVE THE FREAKING WORLD.
The PURPOSE: What this whole series was about? Saving Angela? Saving Jeffrey? Saving Tucker? I don't know what all this was about, actually. This was too centered in the romance, imo. After her revelation in the labyrinth, she said something about a major purpose. Like the first vision was just to find Christian, then learn about how strong they were together and then… time to save the world? From what, actually? Mean Asael controlling the Seven? and what would have happened if he had them? What about Jeffrey's vision? Should we have to assume that the water he was referring to was the last scene? Where did Christian go?
What's the point of having an army of angel bloods if after an attack everybody is going to hide? Where was the major kick ass awesome final battle? What's the purpose of join every year in the mountains to "train" if we will never know about different "powers" or whatever it is they had... man, what a waste of potential.
Half additional star is because of Tucker and his awesomeness. My God, he's perfection to me.And I think overall, the whole series was good and it's so sad because it could have been awesome. But also it's so sad to say goodbye u.u
I'm always looking for a mind-blowing, action-packed dystopia. So I saw the opportunity to read The Moon Dwellers (The Dwellers, #1) by David Estes and I took it. There were a lot of things I loved about this book and there were some that didn't work for me, that's why I'm giving it 3.5 stars, but I have to say that I really enjoyed it and it was a pleasant surprise.
The dystopian world David Estes created was amazing, the idea of an underground civilization is both fantastic and damn scary, right? They were separated in three social stratum: Sun dwellers, Moon dwellers and Star dwellers. Kinda cool actually, being the Sun dwellers the higher of this three and the most powerful. Adele, a moon dweller and MC of the story, is a brave, logical and badass sixteen year old girl. I have to say that I enjoyed a lot her first chapters in the Pen. The way she tried to analyze everything, the kids, the foes and friends, the future. But as the story went by, it was a little hard for me to really connect with her. The same was for Tristan, he is incredible brave and wants desperately to be different and make some good, but it was a little hard to get him and his quest.
Which brings me to the key element here: the not Insta-love connection they had at first sight, because this connection was the cataclysm of everything that would happen next. Both Tristan and Adele felt this weird physical pain the first time they met, so after giving it some thought, they decided to find each other to ask what all that was about. Here it is when you could feel a little conflicted because in order to keep reading and find yourself captivated by the story you'll need to believe that in fact there is something bigger than just physical attraction between this two. If it's not, how could you justify risking your life for someone you don't know at all? And I tried to keep thinking that way till the end of the book but to be honest, I didn't feel satisfied with the scarce answers I got.
They became fugitives, and there's a lot of running and hiding and more running. Here is when we got to know some fantastic characters. My favorite was Cole [why, David?? why?? I mean... I was even preparing myself for a love triangle maybe? but then Cole died and I'm not sure why I felt so sad! u.u] and Roc, both loyal and bold. I think Cole was an exquisite character, her past was so damn sad, I mean, while he was telling his story all I could feel was sorry for him and at the same time admiration for his courage and ability to move on. I was totally shipping Cole/Adele! The "truth/Lie" scene was cool and the waterfall scene was so funny. [WHY Cole??I have this idea that maybe Cole is not dead but was captured by Tristan's brother...] I LOVED the cannibal scene! Roc's sarcasm was so funny and his relationship with Tristan was so cute, like two brothers fighting all the time^^
I'm not a fan of multiple POVs, they don't always work out like they should, but I have to say that Estes really made it work. Like at the end of a chapter, he ended it with a freaking cliffhanger but then there was the other MC to pick up where everything ended and I was in the edge of the chair waiting to know what would happen. Kudos for that.
Another thing that I didn't get was Cole and Tawni's willingness to help Adele just because. I didn't get why Adele's dad send her in this new mission, they just found each other! why all this rush? why he didn't go? Who is behind the mysterious bombards? What's really the connection between Adele's mom and Tristan? Is Tawni hiding something? Are the answers in the second book??!! I need it right now!
I'd like to read The Stars Dwellers to find out what's gonna happen. There's definitely something going on, definitely someone is pulling the strings here. I have the suspicion we're gonna here about both Adele's mom and Tristan's mom as well.