First of all, the narrator has an annoying lisp.
As for the story itself...predictable, boring, not good at all. Absolutely nothing, and I do mean nothing, happens until the very end of the book. The rest is just the main female character whining and getting injured and getting massages from the main male character, who is a stereotypical invincible robot, meaning he is omnipotent and can not get injured under any circumstances. The romance is frankly ridiculous. Why would these to love each other? They wouldn't.
After hours and hours of nothing at all happening, the only action we get is a good 80 percent of the characters getting systematically slaughtered. Then some nice hot sex after watching said slaughter (ahh, how romantic).
No, no, no. This is not romance. I wish I could un-read this drivel.
Unlike seemingly everyone else, I was dissappointed with this book. It just didn't come up to par with The Mortal Instruments for me. And that's not just because I miss my Jace ;)
So, I think the book had a promising start with the prologue, but I can't say I liked the first part with Tess trapped in that horrible place with the Dark Sisters. I just don't think having the main character in the custody of the enemy is a good start for a book. I mean, it worked for the whole plot of course, but it just isn't something I prefer. I was so thankful when she finally got the heck out of there, because it was so creepy--and not in a good way. It was as if Clare wanted to break Tessa before she'd even really begun her journey.
A few things that bothered me about the writing: too many long, boring conversations from characters I did not care about. And when people are given dialgue, explaining things that happened to them in the past, they talk as if they're writing a book, which I find rather jarring. A character says this at one point: "I can barely describe my sense of shock as I stared around me--creatures of indescribable grotesqueness filled the room. The Dark Sisters were there, leering at me from behind their whist cards, their nails like talons." And then "I was drawn to the gaming table like a moth to light," and "I emerged in the dawn" etc etc.. I doubt many people talk in similies, or as if they are writing a novel.
The plot of the book, with the automatons and everything just isn't my cup of tea, but I won't take any stars away for this, because it's just my personal opinion, and I believe it was done/written well and decribed as accurately as something like this can be. I could always clearly picture every single scene as though I were looking down on the characters from above, and I suppose that almost made up for the book not being to my taste. The villian wasn't precisely obvious from the beginning, but I had a pretty good idea who it was early on.
I wouldn't suggest this one. The characters are flat. The two main characters hardly even have a role, as the POV switches constantly to unimportant side characters. It's cliche, unintersting, silly. The male lead is a cardboard cutout. The woman is the typical, woe is me I've had my heart broken, except worse. She's also the most unintelligent heroine of all time.
So, we've got a fantastic book with two very unique, confusing, and likable main characters with superb and often hilarious dialogue. We've got a mystery, murder, and, well, romance. I'm still amazed at the depth of the characters. They felt so real to me that I had to continually remind myself these were just characters and not real life people I'd love to meet. On top of this, we've got a great narrator. His voice is pleasant, and just generally pleasing to listen to. He does well with accents and the character's voices are consistent throughout.
What I liked best about the book, though, was it's focus on the relationship between Ty and Zane. They start out hating each other practically on sight, then, as they begin to learn more about each other, and the character's layers are pulled back/revealed, their feelings of animosity turn to (even though neither will admit it--yet) love. It's done really well and is completely convincing. Plus, they may be two bi-sexual men, but they're not put into any kind of stereotypes, and they have an equal relationship--none of that creepy dominance/submission stuff that kind of creeps me out.
Point is, I love Ty and Zane and it makes me sad they're not real.
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