Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.
I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.
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It is impossible for me to go back and purify myself to the thoughts I had as I read Twilight. I wrote them down but they are so different from what I think now (mostly about Bella) that I am not even sure I should put them in a review.
I was looking for entertainment. This book has pages that read like you are high on caffeine. They are addicting to a point. I liked, initially, the new take on vampirism. The emphasis on the love story was nice, though unresolved.
But this bothered me. The main focus of the book is their romance but then all of a sudden toward the end of the book, something else happens and oh noes! big fight climax that means nothing because it wasn't built up, unless you count the last 20 pages.
The best way to sum it up is this quote I found from when I had just read it: "But I think what really pisses me off is the lack of closure in each of her stories ... I get that it is a series and that there needs to be strings of story that continue on, but seriously wrap it up ... Give me some closure so I can not be flipping between the last couple of pages going wait that’s it?
The only other YA series I can think to compare it to is Harry Potter, which always left me feeling closure (no matter what cliff hanger there was) after each book…"
Originally posted on GR in 2010. Some text from 2008 and my LJ