Friday, April 6, 2012

Review: The Compelled by L. J. Smith.

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  The story arc of Stefan's Diaries continues in this sixth installment.
  Control or be controlled . . .
  Stefan and Damon thought they knew evil. But nothing compares to Samuel, the ruthless vampire hell-bent on avenging Katherine's death by destroying the Salvatore brothers.
  Reeling from Samuel's latest attack, Stefan and Damon find help in the most unlikely of places—a secret coven of witches. Together they discover Samuel's plan is more sinister than they ever could have imagined. Their only hope is to stop him before he secures the power to control humans and vampires alike. If they fail, not only Stefan and Damon but all of London will fall victim to Samuel's spell.

From Goodreads.

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The cover:

This cover is gorgeous mainly because of Damon Smile.

The storyline:

Contrary to the cover, this was the worst book in the series so far. I don’t know how this happened, but this story has many flaws, in my opinion, that made me question myself whether I would read the next trilogy (if there is one) or not.

So to not wait your time, here’s a summary of what’s good and what’s wrong:

What I loved liked:

  • The use of British words was a nice touch Smile. I loved it.
  • The beginning was pretty good. It was the 2nd best part in the book.
  • I got intrigued when Elijah was mentioned near the end of the book. Which is the best part in the story.
  • The characters in this sequel were all very good. I’ll miss them all :).
  • The fightings were nice.
  • As usual, the end was great! It made me anticipate what to come despite my disappointment.

What I disliked:

  • It was so predictable. Things were starting to repeat themselves which is crazy!
  • In conclusion to the previous sentence, I was bored to death. In addition to the predictability, the writer, (who is not L. J. Smith by the way!! 0_o), kept over describing each move, each breath, every time the weather changed, the house, the characters… It left no room for imagination! The point of reading fiction books is to get your mind somewhere else where you could imagine things. Unfortunately, the only part of this book where I had no idea what to come next was the ending.
  • Oh My God Stefan! I used to hate him, then after reading the previous books I felt sad for him. In this book, I hated him again! He was so reckless…
  • Agh! The events! I understand that this series is supposed to explain how Stefan became the vampire we now see in The Vampire Diaries TV show, but the things that kept happening were planned instead of just happening. Instead of creating other events and memories we don’t know how they resolved, yet, the events were based on current episodes of the show, therefore, I didn’t want to know how strong they fought Samuel after compelling Stefan or how they thought they killed him because I already know he survived and he met Stefan again!

Characters:

Stefan really got on my nerves this time. I thought Cora was right by telling him to stop apologizing and start thinking for real. everyone was right to tell him that it’s about time he stopped acting like a hero. I understand he feels sorry for everyone because of the killings he committed 20 years go, but to start clean again is to stop moping about the past. What I admire about him most, however, is his loyalty toward his brother. Family relationships mean everything Smile.

Damon is my hero this time. It’s true that he keeps joking and is sarcastic most of the time, but he acts on impulse and he doesn’t over think things until it’s too late. He loses, he gets back up and makes another plan. Easy. No moping!

Cora is wonderful as usual. And although she’s faced with a deadly event, she keeps strong and at the end she’s the reason they’re both alive. I admire her and I’m sad to see her go :’(.

Samuel is my favorite, if it’s possible to love a blood thirsty death and destruction seeking vampire who has no mercy. He keeps his words, like Originals do.

There are other characters in the book worth mentioning, but you’ll have to read the book to learn more about them. Trust me, even if you don’t like the story, you’ll love the characters.

Favorite quotes:

“That the party’s full of vampires? Yes, and apparently, compelled vampires are as dull as dishwater,” he said disdainfully. --- Damon, Chapter 12

Damon picked her up and squeezed her tightly. “Be good. I don’t want to hear any reports of funny business in America. No killing vampires, no dressing up and infiltrating your way into charitable societies, and no becoming friends with any other creatures of darkness, you hear?” --- Chapter 17.

“I’m afraid I’m only up to doing battle once every twenty-five years,” I joked.      

“So that would be, what? 1913? Cora, put it on your calendar. Wherever we are, we’ll make sure you come to witness it,” Damon joked.       

“I’m planning to be quite at peace in 1913, thank you very much,” she retorted. “After all, I’ll be a middle-aged lady by then. The lot of you wouldn’t even look twice at me.”       

“I’ll make an exception,” Damon said, bowing deeply. --- Chapter 17.

Conclusion:

Oh! I’ve been disappointed :s. I had great expectations for this one because it’s the last book in this trilogy and I don’t know if there will be other sequels :(.

Anyhow, I do appreciate this book. It had many favorite moments in it and the characters were lovely. It’s true it bored me, but at the end it had a different touch in it than the others in the series. It could have been much better.

I don’t really regret reading it. And this was an honest review from me and it’s my point of view. Keep in mind that many readers have enjoyed it much better than I did and even gave it 5 stars :).

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