Monday, January 11, 2010

Shadowland by Alyson Noel

Originality- 18/20
Characters- 14/20
Remembrance- 6/10
Quote-ability- 5/10
Entertainment- 15/20
Ending- 5/10
Recommend to read- 5/10
TOTAL- 68/100
Grade- D

Ever and Damen have traveled through countless past lives—and fought off the world’s darkest enemies—so they could be together forever. But just when their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon Damen…one that could destroy everything. Now a single touch of their hands or a soft brush of their lips could mean sudden death—plunging Damen into the Shadowland. Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses herself in magick—and gets help from an unexpected source…a surfer named Jude.

Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar. Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past. She’s always believed Damen to be her soul mate and one true love—and she still believes it to be true. But as Damen pulls away to save them, Ever’s connection with Jude grows stronger—and tests her love for Damen like never before…
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This series just keeps on disappointing me. Evermore had some great ideas and Blue Moon still held on, but Shadowland was just depressing.

First, the whole karma thing. I believe in karma to a certain extent but Damen made it annoying. He allowed the idea to swallow up everything and wouldn't believe it wasn't true. That's one more thing that annoyed me, it was as if everyone blamed themselves for all bad things that happen. Ever is allowed to feel bad about whatever she wants but if Damen blames one thing on himself, it's not okay.

Ever is grating on my nerves. She seems to think she is right about everything. Here's the kicker though; she's usually wrong. She knows that when she doesn't listen to anybody, she makes the wrong decisions, but she still refuses to listen.

I still like the idea of manifesting, being immortal, summerland, and the shadowland. Beyond that, all of the drama and plot is just a huge convenience. Me and my friends have a term we use when characters try to get all matriarchal and try to do something for the "greater good" no matter how the other feel about it. We call this being Bella-retarded. Unfortunately, Damen does this when he thinks it's a good idea to let Ever choose between him and Jude. You'll find out why in the book. Damen breaks up with Ever even when she begs him not to. Does this ring a bell? *coughsbellacough*

The ending was too far fetched for me as well. I could see how it happened but not why. Once again it was too convenient.

Overall I was very sad that the series didn't become as awesome as I thought it could. I'm not even sure if I'm going to read the next book. It's just way too frustrating. But if you like the creative points, and have enjoyed the series so far, go on and read it. Maybe I'm just crazy.

-Amanda

4 comments:

La Coccinelle said...

If you're crazy, then so are a lot of other people. I don't think I've read a positive review of this book yet.

Kathy Martin said...

I agree with you. I thought the first book was pretty good, the second one just OK, and this last one less than OK. I have just kept on because I hate to leave a story unfinished. I think though that I care so little about these characters that I can easily skip any more books that come out. This is disappointing. I had such high hopes when the series began.

Rafaela said...

I was just going to start reading this series, but you changed my mind lol

Oh, just curious. Months ago, you said you had in your mailbox "Fallen" by Kate Lauren , I'm wondering if you've read it. I just finished this book a week ago and would like to see your comments on this book.

Sarah said...

Ouch. D. I've only read Evermore. and I thought it was okay. But I prob won't read much further now.