DON’T READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK YET.
It probably has spoilers in it… but I need to vent.
I’ve rated every book in the Twilight series 5 Stars. I also rated The Host 5 Stars. I consider myself a fan of Stephenie Meyer and ignore those that despise her “anti feminist” writing. I don’t read her books for a message, I just enjoy the escape they bring. It was obvious when reading Life and Death (a book so forgettable I had to look up its title) that Stephenie’s feelings were hurt by the backlash she received over Edward & Bella’s characterization. She tried to prove herself to her detractors but only ended up disappointing her actual fan base by releasing a book that was pretty sloppy. I thought she learned her lesson with that one. But then she wrote The Chemist.
I truly expected to love this book like I’ve loved her other books. It’s obvious that she’s ready to write again. The plot was good for me, and I was gushing about it to my mom when I first started it. Then the romance started. Instead of having Alex fall for Kevin, the guy that she actually seems to have chemistry with (love-hate, but whatever)… she falls in love with the guy that she LITERALLY tortured but he’s OK with that because he fell in love with her at first sight. I could have accepted Daniel as comic relief, or as part of a love triangle, à la Jacob but NO. It felt like, once again, she was trying to prove that she could write a book where the female character is more powerful than the male and it feels forced. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the book. The plot was interesting, and by the end of the book I even enjoyed Daniel. But he didn’t work with Alex, and that was a disappointment.