Reading it again in preparation for the sixth book. Observations this time around? Georgina is a major hypocrite and not nearly as likeable as I remember her to be. Also, Richelle Mead needs to figure out how to write a less-selfish character.
Rose Hathaway = Georgina Kinkaide
Also, I sort of hope Seth dies. (Actually, I don't sort of hope it. I totally hope he dies. I hate Richelle Mead for writing a such a despicable set of lovers)
Richelle Mead is a very talented writer. Her books have solid characters, creative storylines and interesting plot twists. I like her books. They amuse me, entertain me. That being said--after reading this book--I'm no longer sure she's one of my favorite authors.
Here's the deal, it's not like there is anything wrong with this book, exactly. Actually, it's up to her usual standards--if not better, entertainment wise. But I can't help but feel a little bit disappointed and more then a little ripped off.
I'm disappointed because, as far as I'm concerned, the hints Ms. Mead puts out there are about as subtle as a nuclear bomb being detonated. I just didn't want to believe it until now--because, seriously, they're just so blatantly in your face
I forced myself to believe they were red-herrings planted to throw us off. Because of these 'hints' it turns out I've known--or rather, strongly suspected--the "big secret" of this series before I even finished reading Succubus Blues, the first book in the series.
(By the way, the "big secret" isn't necessarily revealed in this book, but based on all the obvious
hints peppered throughout this book, not to mention the gi-friggin'-normous doozy dropped at the end of the novel, you'd have to be extremely dimwitted not to see it.)
I'm feeling ripped off because the series could have easily been wrapped up in this book--the fifth book--of the series. Especially since this book--while entertaining--is pretty much just filler, nothing else. I didn't learn anything I didn't already know and I hate that.
Don't get me wrong, like I said earlier, this story is quite entertaining but very little happens to further the overall plot. Like, the progression made--plot-wise--could have filled maybe as many as ten chapters, but that's it.
This book deserves five stars because of the entertainment factor, but loses two (should be three, but I'm feeling generous today) because of the complete and utter pointlessness of the majority of this book. *sigh*