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Friday, March 4, 2016

[Review] Monsterland - Michael Phillip Cash: Jurassic Park - Now With Vampires and Zombies!





In MONSTERLAND, Wyatt is invited to the opening of a theme park showcasing vampires, werewolves, zombies, and many more terrifying creatures.


What intrigued me: Excellent blurb and premise.

Poor writing and flat characters

The premise of MONSTERLAND is pretty much an accident waiting to happen. It's very reminiscent of Jurassic Park, but ultimately the premise couldn't quite be fulfilled to the extent that I would've liked - mainly because of the writing. I found it too descriptive, from lengthy landscape descriptions to changes in point of view and flat characters. All characters are very much clichés, act predictably and are involuntarily, almost cringe-worthily funny while doing so.

My least favorite thing are the frequent changes in POV that just make it impossible to sympathize with the characters. Generally this novel would have benefited tremendously from being written from person's POV. 

Generic and not scary

While I was initially intrigued by the blurb, there isn't much more to this novel than that. It's very predictable. Following the example of the Jurassic Park movies, MONSTERLAND never quite manages to develop originality and it just isn't flattering. Even the very generic, poorly-written villain couldn't improve this. I was hoping to be scared, to have that eerie feel from the Jurassic Park movies, maybe even the occasional jump scare. Overall, I wasn't scared, I wasn't even remotely unsettled, which was what I was hoping to get from MONSTERLAND.

For me, MONSTERLAND isn't able to stand on its own, always overshadowed by the so much better movies which clearly were the inspiration for this.


Rating:

☆☆

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

MONSTERLAND has a nice idea, but absolutely fails in the execution. I would love to see this topic executed once more, but with better writing.



Additional Info

Published: 2015
Pages: 284
Publisher: Createspace
Genre: YA / Horror
ISBN: 9781517180676

Synopsis:
"Welcome to Monsterland – the scariest place on Earth. All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by an actual werewolf on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.
Wyatt Baldwin, a high school student and life-long movie buff is staring bleakly at a future of flipping burgers. Due to a fortuitous circumstance, Wyatt and his friends are invited to the star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong? "(Source: Goodreads)

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Monday, January 25, 2016

[Review]: City of Ashes (TMI #2) - Cassandra Clare



In CITY OF ASHES, the second book in the The Mortal Instruments series, über villain Valentine Morgenstern steals the second of the mortal instruments very conveniently shortly before it will be used in a trial against Jace.

I liked the first book alright, but didn't really enjoy this one at all. There is a multitude of reasons for that, mostly because it's nothing like the first. 

Not what I bargained for

CITY OF ASHES isn't told from Clary's perspective. The booksisn't even about Clary anymore. The first one set up a new world being introduced to her and gave off the vibe that it all would be about her. But really, the books are more about showcasing this insanely big world Clare has created. 

The new omniscient narrating perspective is very confusing and makes this feel more like an adult novel than a YA. In general, this is unlike any YA I've ever read. It's hardly possible to root for any characters because the perspectives are changed all the time, a new character gets introduced every twenty pages and also brings more information dump with them. 

Clare is the queen of information dump. Oddly enough, she seems to be aware of this and just decides to stop explaining 3/4 into the book. New weapons, new demons, new runes, everything thrown at you without any explanation whatsoever. I feel like you need a lexicon to read this. I had no idea what was happening to whom with what weapon and how half the time. Trying to make sense of action scenes is very short from being torture. 

Why it's not worth DNF-ing either

There's a lot wrong with this book and I didn't enjoy it half as much as I did CITY OF BONES, which didn't even receive a very good review from me either. 

However, this insane world full of new concepts and beings is just too interesting to quit. The writing is sub-par at most, full of cringe-worthy similes and annoying foreshadowing, and unlikeable characters. Still, I probably won't quit this series. I want to know what Valentine did to Clary and Jace. I want to know more about this world. And this is why these books are so popular and beloved, I think.
Even when you acknowledge and fully realize it's mediocre at most, you won't quit. You won't want to. Let's hope the third one doesn't make me want to claw my eyes out.


Rating:

★★☆☆

  

Overall: Do I Recommend?

Ugh. I'm not even going to attempt to answer this truthfully. They're a guilty pleasure. Just do whatever you want but be aware that this isn't high class literature.



Additional Info

Original Title: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: March 28th 2008
Pages: 453
Genre: YA / Fantasy / Urban
ISBN: 9781416914297

Synopsis:
"Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?"(Source: Goodreads)


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