My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I never really gave it much thought before but now I understand why I keep returning to this series even though I don’t like it much; even though I know I could the same thing, almost the same characters and the plot(just substitute the aliens with some night creatures from the fantasy realm) anywhere everywhere else. Tn fact, I could get better substance. It’s sort of like watching Pokemon when you were a kid- you have loads of the same stuff- action and all included. You have got Digimon, Duel Masters, Beyblade and blah-di-da. They are all basically the same with some differences here and there. But you loved it anyways. Similarly, with Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s books, it’s not that she uses cliched characters, stolen dialogues, steamy make-out scenes, over-used adjectives and phrases- all things which I will come back to in a few- that lure me again and again till I’ve finally given on of them a good rating; it’s her writing. Her writing is captivating in the sense that I get to snort at every second line, I get to bitch every second chapter, and every second or third book manages to blow me away. This book did- well at the end.
In the last book, Dawson was returned to the Black family. And Adam was lost forever. This book partly deals with the consequences and the tolls the actions of previous have taken upon certain characters, but it doesn’t dwell in the past. Rather, it moved forward with an alarming velocity. Before I knew it I was turning the last page and wondering just what the heck was the other half of my copy up to, running away to chow grass in the savannas of the Democratic Republic of Congo?! Alas, on further inquiry and a thousand static-filled phone calls and emails later to the foreign embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo , it was revealed that no, there were no pages flying around swimming with the African Buffalo or hunting with leopards. All in all, it was a very short and entertaining read albeit sometimes throw-on-the-ground-and-scream-about infuriating irritating.
Which brings me to problem number 1: her constant use of the word “always.” Ruining the word “always” for me. Scratch that, no one could ever manage to do that. But do they know the real meaning of this word- the value and purpose behind it. It’s not just some random word they can throw around. And I just watched the ‘always’ scene in HP Deathly Hollows part 2 like two minutes ago and I’m an emotional mess. There should be rules beside this particular word in the Oxford and Webster’s dictionary.
*Thou shalt only use this word on touching/moving occasions (and though it might have as such for those two, I just felt like taking a cricket bat to their heads.)
*Thou shalt only use this word in HP references- or rather only if thy name is either Severus Snape or Lily Evans/Potter.
*Thou shalt not malign, impugn, dishonor, question or abuse any HP books/ JKR.
Aaand…then the overused adjectives and phrases- his powerful arms, his powerful body, hopelessly in love with, diamond eyes and the rest. Ever heard of thesaurus, my dear? It annoyed me to read these constant and consistent descriptions- yes I get it that he’s very beautiful and unearthly, so just move the hell on already! It felt like she didn’t have much to write to create a setting or atmosphere of a particular scene, so she just copied and pasted the same thing again and again and again, just changing the grammar a bit.
And correct me if I’m wrong but I think she got a few of her facts wrong in this book. Well, I can’t say wrong- just that they contradicted what we learned in Onyx.
Also, so many of the dialogues were stolen. Alright, not exaclty stolen but amazingly similar to some conversations from other books. But that could be because there is a YA book. And as we all know, this industry has not taken many turns for the good in the last few years. Ergo, there are recurring topics and themes which inevitably lead to the same types of talks and banters. So even if she has stolen ’em, he has employed them finer than others. For which, I give her kudos.
Finally, as we all know, some of her characters are very cliched and overused. Which is a problem to be alluded to in the review of the first book but this is the first time I’m reviewing her work, so here it is. But the thing is, Kat was so unoriginal in the beginning and that’s why I almost abandoned Obsidian. She irritated the fish out of me. But since then, she’s developed so much as a character that she’s grown on me- not like moss, rather hair. Sometimes in some places it complements me, so I love it. Other times in other places, not so much.
All in all, a pretty enjoyable read even if you’ve decided to forsake this genre because of the alarming similarity in every book.
And I don’t know what this says about me but I was hoping throughout the whole book for exactly what happened in the end to happen> And I was just so happy at that last line, I seriously think I need professional help.