Showing posts with label margaret stohl. Show all posts
Showing posts with label margaret stohl. Show all posts

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Popular Book Series I Started but will NEVER Finish feat Cinder, Talon, Zodiac & more

I'm generally hardly a person that sticks with a series unless it absolutely knocked my socks off. Therefore I simply got a lot of unfinished series on my shelves. Some of them well-known. Here are they:

THE DARKEST MINDS  - Alexandra Bracken
I think this is simply a case of being too late to the party. I'm not sure whether this book inspired lots of similar dystopian books that read exactly the same, or it was inspired by them. I felt like I've read 78 books like this already, mabye I would've liked this more had I read it after the release. 

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES - Kami García & Margaret Stohl
I think I will maybe give other books by them a chance, but I really wasn't a fan. I found the Southern theme too over the top, despite this being undoubtedly a very skillfully written book that's surely innovative in the right places. I felt like the story of the two protagonists wasn't really interesting enough (to me), to want to read a sequel.

I think the hype simply ruined this for me. I was expecting something completely different. A thriller, a horror story, just something fast-paced and exciting. I found the novel not really exciting at all and too romance-centric for my taste. 

ZODIAC - Romina Russell
I don't know what happened here, I love astrology and sci-fi, yet this just didn't hit the right spot for me. Maybe it's because the majority of the characters are human, I would have loved some more aliens. I mean it's space, come on!

TALON  - Julie Kagawa
Again one of those books that I'm positive I would've liked had I read it earlier. Maybe this would have been something for 14 year old me. Again, the tropes and the entire world feels so recycled! I love paranormal romance usually but this lacked any ounce of originality in my opinion.

HOURGLASS - Myra McEntire
I love this book. But she decided to switch protagonists in the sequel and I'm not really a fan of that.

CINDER - Marissa Meyer
I really didn't like anything about this. The hype really had me super curious especially because I love fairytale retellings and sci-fi. This one has it both! I found the diversity/Chinese aesthetic super forced and lowkey pretty racist. It really ruined everything for me to be honest!

SHATTER ME - Tahereh Mafi
I think this is just an overall case of "not for me". The writing, the characters, the plot - I'm surprised I even managed to finish this in the first place.

RED QUEEN - Victoria Aveyard
This book is simply hit or miss if you look at everyone's reviews. For me it was a miss, for reasons you've probably heard about.

Which book series will you never finish?

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Friday, November 21, 2014

[Review] Beautiful Creatures (Caster #1) - Kami García & Margaret Stohl: I'm So Southern, Look At Me!

In BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, spellcaster Lena Duchannes falls in love with the mortal Ethan Lawson Wate.

What intrigued me: I love everything witchy.

Great Southern Feel - but ultimately TOO much

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is your typical southern gothic with an eerie feel that plays into all the cliches you'd associate with the American South. Paired with an ounce of magic, this has the potential to become a fantastically unique and interesting series that puts a fun spin on the paranormal romance genre. But BEAUTIFUL CREATURES utterly loses itself in telling the story.

While I am a big fan of backstories and interwoven story lines, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES has too much of that. We have the tragic story about Lena's and Ethan's deceased family members, their Civil War doppelgangers, Lena's family coming into town, Ethan's mother's best friend being tied into it etc. But none of the story lines is actually tied together with the ending, which ultimately mak. in my opinion.

I get that it's a series and it's supposed to make sense in the bigger picture, but BEAUTIFUL CREATURES simply lacks in structure. I found myself confused while reading this a lot and not understanding what was happening half the time. After finishing, I wasn't satisfied, I wasn't intrigued, I was simply confused. 

Family Relations: TOO COMPLICATED!!

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES wants to be a character-driven novel. There are so many different people playing key roles, having a backstory of their own and whatnot - but it's just not thought through. By the end of the novel I STILL didn't get how everyone is related. What always annoys me with having so many characters is using family gatherings as an excuse for making the reader familiar with all characters. It's even worse to introduce them one after another. García and Stohl introduce a lot of technical terms related to witchcraft, from the specific names for every type of caster to stuff like the Sanguini's Circle, a type of witchy ritual, but resolve none of it. Again: I'm confused.

I skimmed a lot of this novel, I'm not going to lie. For the thin story line it's just way too long and Ethan and Lena don't have chemistry at all. It just couldn't keep my interest, despite it's undoubtedly rich world building and distinct atmosphere. It's certainly one of those books that are hit or miss, and for me? It's tragically a miss.



"Is falling in love the beginning . . . or the end?

In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets . . .

There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head . . . Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.

There is a curse. On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it's been promised. And no one can stop it.

In the end, there is a grave.

Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming."
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