Monday, November 15, 2010

ZZZzzzzzzz! Holy Wordy Batman!

I have never read anything by this author before. I knew she had a trilogy but I didn't want to read it. However, this new trilogy was set during the Victorian Era. I couldn't wait to read it.

The book is as heavy as a doorstop. It comes it at a large 496 pages. Yikes! I hate long books, but it was the summer so I decided to dive into it. Well, I finally finished it. Yes, that's right, finally finished it. I started in August. It is now November.

Tessa is a young American who is kidnapped by two women and forced to use her powers(which she didn't know she had) to take over people's bodies. Her powers will be used for evil, but thankfully she is saved by a group of Shadowhunters and whisked away to a secret undisclosed location. There she meets a merry band of Shadowhunters thus exposing her to their quirky personalities. Tessa, now that she is free, wants to find her brother and she realizes that he has been kidnapped by an evil vampire. They need to get him back.

I would have liked the novel if it hadn't been so wordy. I think this novel could have gone through a good edit. There was a lot of information that didn't need to be in the book. On Amazon some reviewers have said the characters are like those in her previous books. I can't comment on that, but I'm throwing it out there for my readers.

I think I would have enjoyed a smaller book. But plowing through almost 500 pages left me numb.

Students who are fans of Ms. Clare may want to give this one a go. However, I'm not sure who else would enjoy it.


Donna said...

I'm with you. She definitely overwrites and it's all bogged down in similes of doom. This book is very similar to her Mortal Instruments books. She's derivative of herself. I wouldn't recommend it but a lot of people salivate over it.

YA Librarian said...

Some people have said her characters are the same, which got me to thinking. This is a prequel to her previous trilogy. Do you think the characters could be reincarnated and that would explain why they are so alike?

Chris said...

Totes agree with you. I read this one first, and then backed up and am on the third Mortal Instruments book (City of Ashes). I thought it was ok; took a while to set up and move along. I probably won't follow up with the rest of the series since it seems similar to the MI trilogy. (Plus Tessa and the Victorian era irritated me - all this "women can't do this, blah blah blah.." It's the feminist in me, I know. At times I just wanted to yell at Tessa "Grow a pair of ovaries, man!"

YA Librarian said...

LOL. "Grow a pair of ovaries!" love it.

Yeah, it can be a bit annoying for modern readers to hear about the things she can't do. But here's the thing...yeah she's a lady in the Victorian Era but um...she's totally removed from her traditional setting that who cares if she acted guyish? No one can ban her from society because she isn't a part of it.

Oh well, I gave the book a go and decided that its just not for me.