This is crap. I hate these characters so freaking much! I just..... Yeah, I just hate them! I miss firestars bravery. I miss Greystripe's snarky sidekick role. I miss dustplet & sandstorm picking on Firestar then slowly growing to like him. I miss yellowfang.
Here, in this 2nd series I have to deal with a painful collection of characters who make me want to rip my hair out & put a bullet in my head. (Not really, but it's still pretty bad.)
Warning! This will be long, ranting, & possibly full of spoilers. Don't read if you haven't read yet, and don't bash my opinions!
so! "moonrise " book 2 of "warriors: the new prohecy."
It sucked. But before I get in to just why I though it sucked, let me tell you a few things I enjoyed about this novel. The length is good. Nice size for kids. The idea is solid. And epic quest with the stakes higher than ever before. In the 1st series it was just Simply war the clans, mostly fueled by Tigerstar's insane need for dominance over all the clans. Now it's not just tha. It's tensions between the clans PLUS all these new outside threats. Poisoned food, twolegs destroying the forest, cats going missing. It's good. It has decent pacing here too. Much better than book 1. Plus we are shown a band new culture, a tribe of strange cats, so very different from our beloved clans. There are great themes of loyalty, courage, and destiny. Leafpaw is ok, not great. But she's sweet & caring & just a little naive. She tolerable. The adventures are good, sharptooth was pretty cool.
I also have great memories of these books from my childhood. I used to pretend I was a clan cat. :) I wanted to be in Riverclan.
These few things saved it from only 1 star.
You know, With all that stuff, "moonrise" and the rest of the series should be very entertaining for me.
But it's not. It's painful & boring. Honestly, I skimmed through the last half of it, struggling to finish. & why? Why did I hate this so damned much?
The characters! The fucking characters!!!!!!! They make or break a book, and this cast doesn't just break it.
They shattered it into little tiny bite sized bits than exploded it with a million atom bombs. Then gathered up all the dust & debris from that explosion & blew it up again with a blast from the death star.
Now, I addressed my 3 most despised characters in the last book. Squirrelpaw, Brambleclaw, & Crowpaw.
Squirrelpaw is a bitch 4 no reason. Brambleclaw is to perfect & the leader of the chosen cats for no reason. & Crowpaw is also a bitch for no freaking reason!
& now stormfur has joined the ranks. See, I kinda liked him at first. He was strong & loyal. But then I got inside the bastard's head. His flaw? He's a fucking hypocrite! See he bitches at his sister for falling for crow paw, yes? (Don't understand what that sweet cat sees in him. Their personalities just don't mix.) well he has no fucking right to do so when with in the 1st few chapters it's established that he has a crush on Squirrelpaw. This isn't so bad, but he kept going on about her. Saying just how great she is. All pretty & strong & how any cat would be luck to have her. No! She's a bitch. A stuck up bitch! He can't keep going on like that then turn right around & tell off Feathertail!
Then he meets brook. A cat from a tribe that lives in the mountains. He falls in insta love with this cat & starts really embracing their ways. Then acts all offended when his friends question his loyalty to the clans. He also talks about how difficult it is being half clan! acting like he just wants to serve riverclan & protect his beloved sister. Then he goes & chose to go back & help the crazy cats who tried to keep him hostage. Endangering all his friends (the cats who hold the fate of their friends & families in their paws) lives in the process.
He's just awful. I wanted to jump in the pages & kick some sense in him!
Insta love to.... He knew brook for like 5 days. Why was he so broken hearted when she & all her tribe members showed their true colors? He barely knew them!
Feathertail too. She's sweet yeah, but flat as cardboard. I couldn't feel bad when she bite the dust. (Honestly, I think she was just killed off so we wouldn't have to deal with all the forbidden love stuff until much later in the series.)
Moth wing..... I can't like a character who is that deliberately stupid, always choosing 2 betray her clan even after she's told what she's doing is against the code.
Look, I could go on, but I don't see much point. Most of the characters are just plain terrible! I keep hoping that maybe the books will be as fun as I remember from my childhood but so far "the new prophecy" has seriously let me down. & I have to get through them all because I promised my sister & myself that I'd re read them all, so I'll keep reading. At least I'll get to right some long ranting reviews out of it. (glad she doesn't read my reviews, because she loves Erin hunters books.)
Recommended for warriors fans who want to read every single book, but that's about it.