Monday, November 8, 2010
I wasn't going to touch this book. I swear. I really had no intentions of reading it. But then I went to the library that they gave a makeover to and this book was just sitting there! Along with a bunch of other books that I have been wanting to read, but not wanting to pay the stupid hardcover (GRRRR!!) price for. So fine, I caved, I closed my eyes and checked it out along with three other young adult books.
The reason I have been avoiding this book is because I've been noticing a trend. Young adult books of the paranormal genre seem to just piss me off. The heroine is always a dolt, (this book is no exception) there is always a stupid love triangle, and of course, more than likely it's the start of a series.
GAH! Is there some unwritten rule now that books in the paranormal genre (this includes sci-fi and fantasy books as well) have to be series? Can't anyone wrap up a story in one book anymore? Robin Mckinley did it with Sunshine, as did Emily Gee with Thief With No Shadow, and William Goldman with the Princess Bride. I can't think of anymore but there has to be!
*Some Spoilers Ahead*
Yesterday was a pretty boring day because the Packers didn't play until 7:30 so I had plenty of time to kill. I sat down and started reading this mountain of a book and immediately hated Isobel's voice. Good god is she a whiney tart. "OMG I HAVE TO PARTNER WITH THE SCUM OF THE EARTH OHHH NO"
Here is a direct quote: "Ten pages? Ten pages. That was epic. That was like...the freaking Gettysburg Address."
At this point I'm actually surprised that she knows what the Gettysburg Address actually is.
And Varen, he's well, he's different I guess. Got that whole goth thing going on and the emo hair and wears lots of rings. blah blah blah. I honestly don't understand his appeal.
As far as characters and their interactions with each other are concerned, I found them all incredibly frustrating. Isobel lies for no apparent reason and only ends up making things worse. I still really don't understand why she couldn't just tell her parents that she had to work on a school project. What does she do instead? Sneaks out of the house. IDIOT. I don't understand why she couldn't tell her parents that she *gasp* broke up with her boyfriend. So what if your dad likes him? It's your life and you had damn good reasons for breaking up with him. IDIOT.
The relationship between her and Varen makes no sense. Varen hardly talks, and when he does it seems he doesn't really care that he is talking to Isobel, she just happens to be there. I suppose I would have understood their romance more if they had become friends, but to me it seemed as though, when they talked they would only exchange a few sentences at a time and then they would leave. Sure there was that incident at the ice cream shop, but they didn't talk much did they? no.
How the relationship jumps from hardly talking to being in love is beyond me.
This fantasy realm that is created though is a little difficult to understand. I was as confused as Isobel was, and she sure as hell wasn't getting any answers. I wish we could have had more explanations as to what was going on, we get some, but not much. And of course, this book ends on a cliff hanger. Lame.
So overall, hated the characters, the fantasy world could use some more explaining, the Poe concept/world was awesome and I loved all the little poems and tidbits about him, aaaaand cliffhanger ending.
I am hoping that in the second and third books the world gets some polishing and clarifying and Isobel gets some common sense. I suppose overall I liked this book because I do plan on reading the second in the series, however, I am not counting down the days until it is released.