Saturday, April 12, 2014

Ruins (Partials #3) by Dan Wells

Ruins (Partials #3) by Dan Wells
Rating: 3/5

From what I can remember of the previous books, I think this one was better than the second one. It was paced more quickly and there was a lot going on. There was so much going on that at times it got a bit confusing. Dozens of characters in separate, ever-changing groups, always on the move, people dying and new characters being introduced almost until the end makes for a lot to keep track of. 

The relationshippy parts in this series seem a bit packaged and shallow to me, kind of forced and even too easy in a way. And the way it wrapped up so neatly in the end was disappointing. I did enjoy Marcus as comic relief. And I was impressed at what Vale ended up doing in White Plains, not necessarily because I approve of his action but because it was unexpected in a YA novel. There was so much death and gore and violence you wouldn't think it appropriate for this genre but somehow I didn't feel much of the horror you might expect. The author attempted to have his characters feel something about this but did not succeed in transferring that feeling to this reader. 

This series is clearly bound for movie adaptation à la Hunger Games and Divergent. And I think it might even be quite decent in that format. As for the books, they were a mostly enjoyable adventure but didn't delve as deep into the emotions and issues they raised as much as I would've liked. The trilogy focuses more on action than anything else.

Other reviews of the Partials Sequence:
Partials
Fragments


Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Undead Pool (The Hollows #12) by Kim Harrison

The Undead Pool (The Hollows #12) by Kim Harrison
Rating: 2.5/5

I'm basically reading these out of habit now, and I was relieved to hear there's only going to be one more. Hints dropped at the end of Undead Pool point to the finale centering around the Rosewood Children. Anyway. After 300 pages of "OMG he touched me, I remember when we kissed, no, bad Rachel, but I love him, no I don't, oh yeah I'm trying to save the world here" ad nauseum interrupting the pace of the mediocre plot, we arrive at literally the only (spoiler) sex scene that has ever failed to even slightly arouse me. I know there's a huge Rachel/Trent faction out there, and I hope they are happy. I would rather dispense with the romance aspect of this series entirely, it's so repetitive. Harrison is very busy churning out books and you can tell. She puts very little effort into her grammar or making sure the readers can follow Rachel's thought sequences or understand what exactly is happening with the plot. And this lack of attention in turn makes me even more apathetic with each book in the series. The mystics thing was pretty original (to my knowledge) so I can give her credit for that much. Otherwise I can't see much to praise. All the characters are well-established and predictable and therefore rather uninteresting. Trent is the only one who seems to have changed much, Rachel is still as emotionally flabby as ever, and even Jenk's endearing stubborn loyalty is getting old. Double meh.

See my other ratings and review links of this series