Book series: The Vampire Diaries
Author: L.J. Smith
Recommend: Not if it was the last book series on earth!!
Okay, I have to admit- I have been sucked into the all things vampire craze. I am a not so closet Twilight fan. You will never see a review of the Twilight Saga on here because I know that I can’t write an objective review. However, after my tenth time through the series, I knew that I needed to find something else to read. My Edward obsession was getting a bit out of control. Someone recommended this book series to me. I have never been so disappointed in a book series- ever! The moment I finished the first four books I had to go back and read Twilight again to restore my faith in vampire books – not kidding.
This series centers around a rich, shallow girl named Elena and two vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon. I can’t say much more about the plot line without complete disbelief on your part. I am not kidding! It’s just THAT BAD! The author forced a love triangle that makes no sense, Elena becomes a vampire (and way too early) and it just get more ridiculous the further you read. Beyond the flat and improbable plot, the characters are completely awful! Elena is so shallow it hurts and then she goes through a complete personality makeover with no motivation. Stefan is too wimpy to be believable (this coming from an Edward girl) and Damon is just too unpredictable to be valid.
From what I hear, the TV show is nothing like the books but I have not been brave enough yet to try watching it after suffering through the horrific tragedy that is the book. It makes better kindling than it does a novel. I may tackle the show this summer but I almost anything would be an improvement on this- don’t waste your time reading words behaving this badly!
Book: The Alchemist
Author: Paulo Coelho
Recommend? No. Was a huge waste of a Saturday morning
I have heard this book recommended over and over again. I decided to give it a try when I was able to get it from the library. I started in and was immediately bored. I struggled through hoping it would get better. It never did. The book tells the story of a shepherd seeking his “personal legend” and his adventures trying to get there. It felt like I was reading one of Scheherazade’s tales from the Arabian Nights. A poor imitation of it at that. I got all the ideas he was trying to get across but it was nothing new and just tired. Other reviews have compared it to The Little Prince but honestly I just don’t agree because there us no art in this story. I would not recommend wasting your time.
The main character is flat and uninteresting. He is extremely difficult to connect with on any level. He is too simple and naive. He makes unrealistic leaps of knowledge. The transitions between his interactions with the metaphysical and his real world are awkward and poorly executed. The other characters are too convenient and have no depth either. The main character’s love interest is boring. The motivation of the character is totally lifeless. I have never read such a flat and uninteresting book. There is nothing that grabs the reader and pulls them into his plight. The scenes meant to cause conflict are either too easily resolved or the resolution is so ridiculous it is impossible to take seriously. I honestly don’t know what anyone sees in this story!
The only positive I could come up with is that it is blessedly short! Good luck not falling asleep if you attempt this one.
Author: Orson Scott Card and Kathryn H. Kidd
Recommend? Only if you are die-hard Card fan otherwise run away fast…
I realized that so far, everything I have talked about has been stuff that I have loved. I decided it was high time to talk about something that really isn’t one of my favorites.
A friend of mine who loves books with animal main characters recommended this to me since she knows that I love Orson Scott Card. I dutifully read the book and was underwhelmed.
The main character came across as very unrealistic. It assumes that we can understand how any animal could think instead of giving them humanistic responses. This book fails at doing that miserably. The only redeeming qualities was that Card’s familiar style shined through. The family dynamics were interesting as well. However unless you are a Card fan, this one is definitely one to skip.
This is supposed to be the first book in a triology but so far it is the only one completed. This book is going to the used book store.