Friday, June 8, 2012

Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3) by Kristin Cashore

Rating 2.5/5

In hindsight, I wish I had re-read Graceling and Fire before I read Bitterblue. It's been so long, and I have a terrible memory. I know the blurb on this book says you can like this book without reading the others, but I'm not sure that's true. I found the first half pretty boring and pretty much lacking in plot. I also found Bitterblue's character confusing. She's been queen for how long and doesn't know a SINGLE THING about her castle? I know she's been sheltered, and that explains her ignorance of the city, but it's like she'd been kept in a box until she turned 18, and they'd just let her out at the start of the book. The storyline in this book was unnecessarily chaotic. Don't get me wrong, I love complexity, but there were quite a few "straw men" in there that should have either received more attention or been left out entirely. I think the killer for me, though, was Bitterblue's relationship with Saf. I feel like there was nothing there except an adolescent crush, and no real compatibility (which, I might add, she seemed to have aplenty with Giddon - what a missed opportunity that is). I still enjoyed the second half of the book, even though in total I was disappointed. I waited so long for this book, which at one point looked like it might not even get written. I mean I applaud Cashore for struggling through her writer's block and getting it done, but you can tell it lacked the inspiration of Graceling and Fire.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches, #1) by Anne Rice

Rating: 3.5/5

It's hard to rate a book that leaves you with powerful feelings at the end, but was not that great most of the way through. In fact I found it very difficult to get into this story at all, and it took me probably 300 pages to feel like I wanted to finish it. Something about the history at the beginning felt very tedious, though I did become much more interested in it in the middle, when it actually meant something to characters I'd come to care about. Regarding the end, I can see why Rice had to write it that way, but I hated it. I hate Rowan for what she did, and I hate Michael for being such a beautiful idiot. I have a feeling I will either read the next book right away, or it may be a very long time before I can bear to deal with it.