I wouldn't recommend this to anyone unless they were an obsessive Pern completer (like me!).Good idea for a Pern plot, interesting (if under developed) characters, and nice cross over with already existing books. Unfortunately, something seems to be missing. I can't tell if something was taken out, if passages were rearranged but not edited to fit together correctly, or if the book is simply written in a disjointed fashion, but the flow of people and places doesn't always match up. It's very distracting; I had to decide to ignore it and keep reading. The tale is also anti-climactic; the coming together of plot lines is very heavy handed, the solution to everyone's problems literally falls all over the main character, and then the book takes a sharp turn and someone suddenly gets made a Dragonrider *almost* out of the blue (except that you saw it's forced inevitability coming 200 pages ago). Reading, it felt as if the McCaffrey clan had too many ideas and too many characters, and didn't bother with deciding which ideas and characters would make the *best* book.
Not as good as the first book. While interesting, the girls' summer stories weren't as nuanced or impactful in book two. In fact, after a whole year, one character ends the second book in the same exact place, developmentally, as she ended the first. Only one story line portrayed true character development.Also disappointing -- Brashares tells young girls that if you're strikingly good looking, tall, and athletic, but you let yourself go, and you gain 15 pounds, you will suddenly be so fat that it weighs you down like a heavy, wet blanket smothering your body, so fat you can't even jog, and so fat that you will no longer turn the head of even one single boy. Yes, I know the character is also depressed and not paying attention to her looks, but this also is the stereotype of "why people get fat" -- they are so depressed they don't care how they look. Even when the character feels better about herself, the boys don't notice her until she drops the 15 pounds.
On The Series:Not all that well written, but a great idea, and a way with sexless sex scenes.Throughout the entire series, Jacob is the only character who does any developing at all and, except for his inexplicable attachment to the weak, pouty, needy, irritating Bella, he's interesting and likable. Truthfully, I think Edward is a creepy, stalkerish, controlling, patronizing twit, and Bella is a co-dependent idiot.And yet, somehow, someway, I find the story compelling. I have read the series 3 times in the last 3 weeks, trying to put my finger on why in the world I keep reading it over and over...and I can't pin point it.On This Book:First half is written from perspective of a different character than the last three books. It was a nice change up, especially since I'm not interested in what was occurring with Bella during that time period. Definite change in voice was apparent, although the author's main voice kept peeking through. Changes in Bella (and how she stays the same) are convincing. Again, the writing is so-so, but the story is compelling. I particularly like how the character narrating the first half of the book ends up staying in the picture. I should have seen it coming, but somehow didn't. That doesn't often happen to me when reading.
Loved the first book enough that I started on the second book right away; I was not disappointed. Again, Colfer gives us a fast moving tale in league with the Bourne Ultimatum meets Darby O'Gill and the Little People. Ransom, nuclear waste, technology wizards, eyeball-licking Goblins, and an evil plot to take over the Lower Elements -- who could ask for more? I'm ready for the next book!
Fantastic book. Quality of writing exceeds early HP books. Original story idea with interesting characters. Nice twist on fairies and leprechauns. I like "evil" Artemis and think I've developed a thing for his bodyguard, Butler. I loved that Artemis is genius enough to have the respect and recognition of adults -- it's not easy being smarter than most adults and too many smart kids get neither the respect nor the recognition they deserve.I liked this strange mix of fairy tale, kid's book, and thriller so much I even sent a copy to my dad. Any adult reviewer who says this book isn't a read an adult will enjoy is under the mistaken impression that they're the only adult on the planet and that their's is the only opinion that counts. This book is great for kids and for adults; I'd be happy to read this book to my kid over and over!
I don't recommend reading this book if you haven't yet read the other Dark Hunter books.The first half could have been condensed, and the second half could have taken more time for trust to develop between Ash & his love, but I couldn't put this book down. I read it straight through (all 806 pages).Kenyon had to make the point of how awful Ash's mortal life and his life with Artie had been; the graphic nature and explanation of just how many people had messed him over was necessary. The repetitive nature of the self talk (both Ryssa's and Ash's) could have been edited down, but the rest makes it crystal clear exactly what Ash experienced to make him the man he is --- and exactly how amazed everyone should be at what a compassionate god he became.The second half of the book, detailing the relationship between Ash and his true love, was, like all of the Dark Hunter books, the story of a man with a dark past who, after hundreds or thousands of years finally finds the love of his life and throws off the shackles of pain in a matter of moments (relative to his eons of pain). I know these are technically "romance" novels (arg), but the simplicity of the relationships is the biggest detraction from the quality of the books. Just once, I'd like to see it take actual real time for a relationship to *develop* between Kenyon's characters.So, why five stars? What did I like about it? The same things I've always like about Ash. The triumph of his soul over unending physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Ash's insistence on being the leader his DHs needed him to be no matter the price to himself. His love and willingness to sacrifice for the people he loves. I also found the portrayal of him in private moments believable. Ash is a very ancient and wise soul. He is also a 21-year-old lifetime victim of severe abuse who is as frightened as can be to let anyone see what a weak, worthless and unlovable soul he is...for that is how he, like so many victims, sees himself, even though nothing could be farther from the truth.
I read this book because it's a Dark-Hunter book. Not being of a Harlequin mindset, I hated this installment of Dark-Hunter/Dream-Hunter lore. The writing was unbearably shallow, the story formulaic and rushed. Since it does nothing to move the larger DH story along, you will luckily miss out on nothing except the hour or two you waste reading it.