Thursday, April 7, 2011

Book Review #1

I have been reading quite a lot lately, for book club and for pleasure, and I felt the irresistible urge to seriously question a series of books I have been reading.

Darkfever, from the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

At first, I really liked the series. The main character was named MacKayla!, has a Basque love interest!, and it was about Faeries! And the first book was GREAT! The second book was good. And now the third book is so boring, I am have to peel my eyelids back and pound copious amounts of caffeine to stave off the oppressive wave of sleep descending upon me.

First of all, I understand that when I read a series of books, that there is bound to be some repeat of previous stories. This book had 30 pages of it. THIRTY! That's a third of the book right there! Then there is the main character. I'm all for a character who has to find out more about herself, and in the process make some mistakes. That's the whole point! But in the third book of this series, Faefever, MacKayla goes around whining about pretty much everything, and rehashing things that have happened to her in the past few months. MORE rehashing? Ugh, no thank you. But I hate it when the main character keeps making THE SAME mistakes! What was it that Einstein said about that? Yeah, it makes for a stupid character.

If you can't write a plot, then don't. I just hate it when I feel like I am skimming the book and not missing out on anything because the characters keep repeating themselves. It is as if the author took the last two books' manuscripts, threw them in a bin, and then shuffled the pages back together and said, "Voila! A NEW book!"

That being said, I am still going to try to finish these books. It is a major disappointment for me because the first one was SO GOOD, but I will slug through this one at least. Just to make sure. But if you are going to read books about Faeries, read the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. Now, THOSE are great books!

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