Fallen – Review

2 stars.

If you thought there was a worse series than The Immortals then congrats you were right! 67fbf52979b565c0b54a1be208bfb7d9

I give to you Fallen. The Plot seems really similar to The Immortals only instead of an immortal you got angels. Now, just like what happened with TI the theme is actually pretty interesting. For once you no longer get vampires and a new sort of supernatural creatures get introduced. That’s untouched ground and you have your whole imagination at your disposal. But what did these authors do? They created boring plots and flat characters and wrote entire series based on a really boring an unhealthy relationship. I don’t know which came first and I’m not going to bother to look it up. They both suck.

But let’s get into Fallen. I decided to read the book because I got curious towards the movie and watched it. It was ok. It got really interesting in the beginning about the angels and I thought “wow this is really promising”; it wasn’t.

My main issue is really how boring the characters are. And the romance is just so flat. From the beginning, you are forced into this romance with Daniel and Lucinda even though they have zero chemistry and you already know everything. It’s meant to be so you are left with no choice but to accept they are going to be together. That’s no fun to read about.

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The author basically gives away the whole supposed plot twist from the very start but then gets super cryptic when it comes to other details. I’m betting it’s no big of a deal, I started reading Torment and the whole making Lucinda being the one to find out everything because Daniel can’t tell her or she dies is really just a sad attempt to make viewers want to keep reading to figure out things. The only characters that I had some interest in were Penn and obviously, she got killed.

At least with TI, Damen was kinda of interesting, however while Ever Bloom is the worst character ever, Luce is easier to tolerate.

Trying to create a love triangle is such a sad plot device, it’s getting exhausting and it really tires me that romance gets used so poorly. It should be a sub plot not the main issue. And as a young adult series it should send across a healthier picture of love. Lucinda is a stalker and she’s so obsessed with Daniel even though he treats her like garbage and yes, I know why that happens but that doesn’t make it ok.
If a guy in real life treats me like shit I’m not going to assume it’s because he lives forever and he’s just tired of watching me die constantly.

Something else that makes Daniel even less likeable is how he claims to love Lucinda so  much and yet he doesn’t even think twice before kissing her or doing something that might end with her dead. Where’s the respect or regard for her life? It doesn’t exist.

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The movie gives away everything and they chose such poor actors to play these characters, maybe someone else would have given the story some life and charisma. I do feel however that the movie was better than the book. This doesn’t happen often but when it does you can assume how bad the book actually is that a movie managed to top it.

To sum up, I’m going to continue the series and I wish I could say I’m hoping it gets better  but I’m 100% positive that it won’t. Torment introduces a new school, new characters and so far they seem slightly an improvement compared to Fallen but it’s not enough to save it.

Lord of Shadows – Review

3.5 stars.

I’ve read this book a while ago but wasn’t able to write a review sooner. I gave Lady Midnight five stars I believe last year but with Lord of Shadows, I feel like it barely reaches four stars.
I’m not sure what happened with this book. It’s not particularly the book’s fault or the author but I expected better and more considering how good Lady Midnight was. lord-of-shadows-cover-nov-16

One thing that I have to point out is how much Cassandra has improved since she wrote TMI. She’s one of the authors I dislike the most but I get really attached to her books. TMI has one of my favourite male characters of all time (Simon Lewis). And even though I loved Lady Midnight, I still believe that TID beats everything else she wrote. Unlike other authors she seems to improve with each book, so that’s a positive note.

However, I just wasn’t feeling it. Emma and Julian felt more intense during Lady Midnight and the book ended with such a great Mark and Emma scene but then when it picks up somewhere else and on Lord of Shadows it kinda loses the first impact it had.

In terms of characters, I adore Ty and Kit. Livvy and Kit just made no sense to me whatsoever, but Ty and Kit just have this chemistry, I love their scenes.
I’m also a huge fan of Mark and Cristina. I did like the progress and what’s going on with them plus Kieran. I was feeling a little bit of Herongraystairs vibe with them.
Emma, I like her but I think I liked her and she’s badass and strong so that’s refreshing, we all need female heroes.
About Julian, I like how ruthless he is and he’s such a complex character or well, not really because we are able to know him and know that for his family there’s nothing he wouldn’t do and he has no problem sacrificing things for them. He loves so deeply and strongly it’s both heartwarming and scary. Seeing his growth has been really interesting.

Overall it’s a good book, it left everything out in the open with the end. I was hoping the next book actually picks up where it left instead of moving forward. I want to know what leads to what.

As for having TMI characters showing up, I can’t explain exactly but they feel so out of character? The whole Clary death situation feels weird and why would you give away like that she’s going to die? Even if it’s a feeling, first it would be either to kill a main character from a series in another one that has nothing to do with her. Plus if she does die, it won’t be surprising because we already know she feels that way and she knows.

Alec and Magnus felt so out of character as well, maybe other people didn’t felt the same way so it might be only me but yeah. It might have something to do with the TV show because I now have this two versions of the TMI characters in my head so seeing them in some other series it’s like 3 different sides of them.

To sum up, I enjoyed the book. I’m really looking forward to read the next one. Even though it might take forever. I just can’t give it more stars, it feels like something was missing.

A Court of Wings and Ruin – Review

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My initial thought was to give this book 5 stars because I just loved it so much. However, as I keep thinking about it more deeply and going through every aspect, there are details that make me want to give it a lower rating. Consider this 4.5 stars. I’ll explain why as go on.
A Court of Wings and Ruin is supposed to be the last book of this trilogy, or at least, that’s what we all thought. As for Feyre’s point of view, this was it. And considering things are seen in her point of view, it’s great. We get to know a lot of things, everything comes to place. But when it comes to the rest of the characters it feels empty. Like I’m missing a huge part of the story and some questions still needing an answer.

Assuming everyone reading this knows what happens in A Court of Mist and Fury, the ending was quite amazing. It ends with Feyre going back to the Spring Court and right from there we see things are going to be a little different, she’s thirsty for blood, so to speak. She’s going to play Tamlin and everyone, feeding them lies and pretending she’s not Rhysand’s mate and she was a victim. I was looking forward to seeing that play out.
However, I admit I found it boring and I was dying to have Feyre back in the Night Court. I can’t stand Tamlin, which just got worse at the meeting with all the High Lords (it happens, later on, a meeting set by Rhysand). But, when she does get back in the Night Court, this time taking Lucien with her, it felt too rushed. It happened too fast. She poisoned the Spring Court from the inside making sure it would fall and it was interesting to see her doing that but it didn’t quite match the ending we got in ACOMAF. I was expecting something bigger and less boring for the beginning.

Processed with VSCO with g3 presetAll that ends fast and then we are back in the Night Court and I got to see some of my favourite characters again. I think everything from that moment on played out perfectly. We got more from each character, you learned details and stories that make sense and help you connect the dots between the books and why a certain thing happened the way it did etc or why this character acts this way or that. Every moment with Feyre and Rhysand was amazing, they have a beautiful and refreshing relation. And my favourite part is how Rhysand simply allows her to be herself, make her own decisions and she has full control of her decisions, life etc. You didn’t see that happen with Tamlin and sadly you don’t see that happening in a lot of other stories which are portrayed as “goals” so kudos to Sarah.
Getting to know more of the rest of the Courts and their High Lords was something that should have happened earlier in the series I guess. I’m glad it happened now but it’s book 3 and only now I discovered or bothered to remember the names of the High Lords of Dawn and Winter for example. And getting to know more in order to know how to describe them and create something out of it.
As for the characters and relations besides Rhysand and Feyre, this is when it reaches the point where the series needed some closure which it didn’t get. In other points as well but I’m going to focus more on the characters. Because after all, those are the things that we tend to care about more while reading a book and the connection we create with it.
Cassian and Nesta are my favourite characters from the series. I absolutely love Rhysand and Feyre and I understand that it was her point of view and the whole story gets told from her eyes so obviously, whatever happens when she’s not present is harder to get ahold of. The fact that Cassian and Nesta are or could be possibly a couple is just a bonus for me, that’s not the reason they are my favourites, not as couple but as individual characters but not getting a closure from them as a couple, again it made the story feel unfinished, made me feel empty and unsatisfied. Which is the opposite of what a final book in a series is supposed to make you feel?

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I feel like, besides the main character and her mate, Amren was the only one I felt like a full cycle was completed. She got a role to play and her story reached a conclusion. That didn’t happen with the others. We understood more of the complicated history between Mor, Cassian and Azriel. But what happens to Mor? She told Feyre but is she going to come out to the rest of her friends? Is she ever going to tell Azriel and allow him to heal and move on? Clearly, Elain is not feeling the same for Lucien, she does not care that she’s his mate but she creates some sort of connection with Azriel. Is she going to be the one to help him let go of Mor romantically speaking? Are they going to be besties or lovers? Does Elain get full control of her powers? What is going on inside Nesta’s head now?
I’m not going to lie, what kept me reading a lot of the times when I was going through the book was not only wanting to finish and know what happens of course but the desperate need for Cassian and Nesta scenes. Each time I saw their names I both died and was reborn in each scene. There’s something special between them, a love growing but not the love you see with Feyre and Rhysand or even with some other character. It’s just something there, from the moment they first met. Is Nesta the first woman Cassian has truly loved or started to? What did they both feel when the kiss happened? Are they going to be mates? So many questions, so much that still needs to happen in this characters lives that we just did not get to see. And yes, because it’s Feyre’s point of view. This whole thing had to happen in order for Feyre to even see Nesta and Cassian dealing with the king.

I’m guessing all these new books coming up are going to answer our doubts and be in other characters POV but for the last book, supposedly ending a trilogy it should have had more answers. I still think that out of the three, this one is my favourite. It should

Processed with VSCO with g3 presethave been a bigger book, I could read this story forever.

As for characters that I liked in ACOTAR and I don’t like now that much. Tamlin and
Lucien. Actually, I do like Lucien, I’m glad he had a great role to play now. Speaking of closure earlier and unanswered questions, I still don’t see the point of making him Elain’s mate. Nothing seems like it will come out of that and it felt like this stone badly placed in the middle of the story for a purpose that it didn’t get to be unfolded. That’s what I felt at least. Tamlin though, he was just absolutely disgusting during that meeting. He treats Feyre poorly, always. Acting as if he had any control over before and I get the vibe from him that all he wants or ever wanted from her is sex. He never truly loved her how he’s supposed to. But maybe it was her that blinded him to the point of making him be that way, not in her fault but the love he felt for her. It was poison. But it was poison because he forced it, not because he truly wanted to be in love with her or someone in the first place.
Even though he did correct himself, in the end, it wasn’t enough to make me like him but I did wish to see more, does he find that happiness after all? Does he correct his flaws and finds his mate perhaps and learns to be the person he should have been all along with Feyre? We will see.

I’m excited to see what’s coming in the future. What characters we will get to know better. Until then, until it becomes canon we will all live through our imagination, the what ifs and what not’s. Trying to guess what is going to happen.

Beautiful Chaos and Beautiful Redemption – Review

Beautiful Chaos – 5/5 stars
Beautiful Redemption – 4/5 stars

After 4 years of reading Beautiful Creatures, I finally managed to get my hands on the last two books. This isn’t going to be a typical review because a lot has changed since I first started the series.

I confess I feel as if I lost my way with the series. What I once felt Screenshot_2017-04-26-21-30-00about it may no longer apply. Not to mention the interest fact that the first two I own and read in Portuguese and the last two are in English.

On that note, it was certainly fun and interesting to see how much your perspective of a story can change when you read a series in two different languages. The movie was a complete disaster in my opinion. As for the books, I’m surprised they aren’t more popular but I can see how easy it can be for other books
to place a shadow on it.

Ethan actually died which was a factor that made me like
it even more, even though at times it got boring. Like I said before, you end up losing a lot by reading things in different languages and most of all when it takes you years – in my case 4 – to finish a series. I was a teenager absolutely in love with Ethan and Lena being in love and now I probably don’t feel the same way.

However, I still love the series. I love every single book and no matter how many years it passes they will always hold a special place in my heart as
it was probably the series that introduced me to YA books, fantasy as well since I mostly read romances and considered adult books, I guess. Even if I did read other YA books, I never truly felt that “obsessive” fangirl feeling until I read the caster chronicles.