I bought this on sale for $5.00. Good thing, because the books are very short-- not worth an entire credit.
The main protagonist is a high school girl and I usually don't mind that, but she is very boring. Not much personality, confidence or anything to say. The author spends too much time on the monotonous moments of high school. Maybe if I was a pre-teen, this would be exciting, but this type of YA lit doesn't translate to adults.
That said, I gave the second book a shot, hoping the series would pick up the pace. Unfortunately, it did not. Worse, all the books end on a cliffhanger. It's popular these days, but it's a cheap trick. I want a full novel in itself.
Also, the narrator is stiff. She sounds like she's reading the story for the first time. She does a great Irish accent in the second book, but it's not a great performance.
I didn't hate the series, but I certainly won't finish it.
This book has an interesting premise but the plot takes entirely too long to develop. I gave it the benefit of the doubt-- I believed that some of the more meandering passages would have a payoff. But they didn't. There is no character development, no meaningful subplot, nothing that kept me invested in the plot.
The narration was okay. Given the material, the narrator did her best, I'm sure. I just didn't think there was enough variation between the voices. All of the characters were flat in every way.
I wouldn't recommend this book.
I can see how this would appeal to a certain demographic: The 15-30 year old Caucasian male. Nothing wrong with that. It's the literary equivalent of a video game. There is tons of violence, potty/body humor and random monsters to be killed.
The plot is too loose, for my tastes. There are times when I thought I hadn't followed the book close enough to know the plot. But then I realized that's just how the book goes.
It was an okay read. I can see why people both love and hate it. I'm somewhere in the middle.
This book is so boring. There's no plot... at least the plot is so slow to develop that I've lost hope. I don't recommend this story, as it is taking too long to develop.
The author does a great job of blending fantasy and reality in this series. I've read all three of them and found them to be a solid example of modern science-fiction-- the trilogy shows the consequences of where technology can take our society. I also enjoyed the "traveling."
The narrator was okay, but his accent for the African-American characters were terrible. Comically terrible, as if he's never met one in real life.
I do think the series could use a bit of an edit, in terms of repetition, but I still enjoyed the book.
These books are very short and not worth an entire credit.
The second book in this series just slogs along. It's all too predictable.
The protagonist doesn't really make smart decisions (or any decisions, really). She's passive, insecure and boring. I'm sure the author is setting her up to grow into herself and powers, but really, the did nothing to make me want to take that journey. I was almost relieved when the story was over.. and of course, it ended on a cliffhanger.
I won't be reading anymore of this series.
I can't recommend this to a friend.
I enjoy the world that Laini Taylor builds, but the characters who inhabit it are not intelligent enough for me to enjoy. No characters exhibit any type of strategy or forward thinking. There are a lot of whiny monologues from Karou, which I assume is supposed to show some type of strength, but it just comes off as immature. There's no character growth in any of the main leads and I found myself not caring as the story went on. This made it harder to suspend disbelief.
I can see why people like the story-- the premise has nice epic feel to it. But the execution did not live up to its potential
I actually liked this book better than the first book in the series because it dotes less on that sappy love story and more on the world around the characters... But some of the plot devices felt a little cheap.
I enjoy her range of voices. Her "Brimstone" voice is great. But her Karou voice is a little nasally and whiny... Which I guess makes sense, because that's how the character is written.
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Again, there's too much adult content for YA Lit. No, the author doesn't use explicit language, but I don't see how the sex is necessary to the story. It's clear that she's writing for adults under the guise of YA, which, once again, seems cheap. If you want to write a fantasy novel for adults, then write the type of character growth and plot that adults want to read. Don't slap a YA Lit label on it just to be held to a lower standard.
I don't think I would read another book from Laini Taylor. I may finish this particular series because it has great mythology, but it gets too bogged down in the sappiness of the romance. This novel tries too hard to be Romeo and Juliet, therefore losing all the urban fantasy aspects to a cheesy love story that feels forced.
The fantasy mythology is interesting and could be very rich, if the author made room for an actual plot. This story is advertised as an exciting story about angels and the underworld, but then gets SOOOO SLOWWW as it indulges in so many love scenes. Further, if this is supposed to be YA fiction, it is not age appropriate. There are too many references to sex for a younger child to read.
I feel like this was a great story that an editor picked apart to fit into today's "trends" rather than let the story organically flow.
If Audible is going to carry this series, it should at least provide all three books. I'm guessing I can live without the last book in the series, but it is incomplete.
I don't mind that the character is a lesbian, or that she uses the "F" word. But this isn't a novel. It's a journal of Kiernan writing about what it's like to write when she doesn't know what to write about. There is no plot, no coherence, just a meandering stroll through the author's mind. While that would ordinarily be acceptable if the book was described as such, it is a complete disappointment for someone wanting to read a fantasy/mystery story.
Don't waste your time or money. Just read someone's blog on the internet. It's basically the same thing.
Good story, but terribly narrated. Maybe I was spoiled by Johanna Parker on the Sookie Stackhouse series, but this woman with the valley girl accent reads in a choppy way, as if it's the first time she's seen the words.
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