Book Rant – Glass Sword

Let me just start this by saying that I can never remember the name of this book. It’s just that unmemorable. I only got it because I did read the first one and I thought it would be good to try to keep up with some of the more popular fiction. I had so many issues with the first book by Victoria Aveyard that I don’t know what I was thinking when I gave in and got this book. I am about 200 pages in and I don’t even know how I got that far. It’s so repetitive. The first part of the book was “any one can betray anyone.” Like every other paragraph it just repeated that. Like, I get it. You can stop now. Now I’m on the part where she wishes Kilorn could live a normal life in the stilts in every other paragraph. It gets annoying. Like just say it once and I’ll get it. You don’t need to repeat it every damn chance you get. It’s gotten to the point where I can’t read more than like a page at a time. It’s just so bland. I don’t know how my older brother can like this book. It’s not even “ok.” It’s just blah. I’ll eventually finish this book but I very much doubt it will be anytime soon. I just can’t deal with Mare and her whining.

I feel like this book is barely moving forward and is just repeating steps in the plot in a different way. Oh, look we found one newblood, now let’s look for all the rest in almost the same exact way! No. Just. Take the fight to Maven and be done with it. I can’t stand all this running around not really getting anything done. Let’s not forget the fact that they’re also running from the rebellion because the rebellion betrayed them like almost every other YA. I’m tired of all these rehashed themes. I don’t care how original you try to make it. Do something that makes it truly stand out. Like how different An Ember In the Ashes and The Mortal Instruments series were. They were both pretty damn original compared to Glass Sword which rehashes pretty much themes from every other popular YA books right now. Dystopian. Powerful main protagonist who’s different in some way. Rebellion who’s motives are questionable. Evil dictator or king. 2 love interests for main character. Need I go on? How many different YA books does that sound like? I should honestly just give up on YA, but every so often I do find a good book in there. I don’t know. Oh well.


Differences In Opinions

Sometimes it amazes me how different people’s opinions can be. My brother thinks The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is really good while I think it’s cliched and over done in teen fantasy. At the same time I love An Ember In the Ashes by Sahaa Tahir while he thinks it’s stupid. At the same time I believe we both have valid reasons for liking one or the other.

Since I already reviewed An Ember In the Ashes I’m not going to spend as much time on it as Red Queen. My brother didn’t like it because, due to the plot of the story, soldiers from the same army were killing each other for a kind of tornement. In the grand scheme of things, it was only a very minimal, an expendable, amount of soldiers. So, in a way I can see where my brother is coming from with it being an uneeded waste of lives and resources but at the same time, it was needed in the grand scheme of things based on the inner network of the politics in the book. It was being controlled by an almost otherworldly force therefore not stupid like my brother thinks.

Now, The Red Queen. The squeal, The Glass Sword, just came out this past Tuesday which is how my brother and I got on this topic in the first place. I found out he was reading it and commented my opinion. I’ll get around to reading The Glass Sword eventually. Probably soon since it’s such a huge thing right now. I don’t think it’s all that great because it’s the same as every other teen book right now. Dystopian with a female protagonist that gets thrown into the eyes of the powerful and becomes a threat to them. There’s even a love triangle, sort of, between the protagonist and the two princes. To me, it’s just another of the same in the teen fantasy section and is a part of the reason why I didn’t want to read An Ember In the Ashes in the first place. 

My brother defends The Read Queen by saying that it’s okay to use clichés as long as it’s in a new way and this book decently does that but in my opinion these clichés are too in your face. If ther e’s going to be clichés in a book I’d rather them be a minuscule part of the main plot or a kind of subplot instead being the entirety of the main plot. That just gets predictable and old. The only thing that saved The Red Queen was the ginormous twist at the end. I. Did not. See that coming! It was brilliant on Aveyard’s part. 

Do any of you have an opinion on the matter? I’d love to hear it if you do.