2.5 stars, 2016 Reviews, Book Review

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER

Print Length: 342 pages

Publisher: Silver Wing Press (August 27, 2015)

Publication Date: August 27, 2015

Rating: You Tried It

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Water… Earth… Fire… Air. Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them…And although his airbending skills are great, he still has a lot to learn before he’s ready to save anyone. But I believe Aang can save the world.

The opening narration to the Nickelodeon hit Avatar pretty much sums up my feeling for Air Awakens. You have Aang…I mean Vhalla, who is the last windwalker or was it talker? Whatever she can control the wind that’s all you need to know. But our little Mary Sue heroine doesn’t know any of this because she’s a closeted librarian that was taught to fear people just like herself because they are bad.

Do you want to know how Aan—Vhalla finds out that she can control an element?

Well dear readers, the love interest Prince Zuko…I mean Prince Aldrik the asshole decides to push her off the roof to awaken her powers. The girl nearly dies and I’m lead to believe that this is the start of a healthy and budding romance.

 

“Trust me,” he demanded, his lips barely brushed over her ear.

Vhalla did not even have a moment to turn her head before he pushed her effortlessly into the empty air beyond.

But I’m not done. Let’s see what damage the misunderstood Prince Zuko has done to Aang.

She Plummeted through the air in a surreal trance. Her shoulder hitting the golden rooftop jarred her back to life with a sickening crunch….She tried to turn herself to fall toward a nearby balacony , a landing, or even a decorative molding. Her body slammed against the castle wall…knocking all the air from her lungs with a cry of agony.

From that point on I stop caring cause I knew where this book was headed. Now I’m all for the jerk love interest who redeems him/herself and shows growth throughout the book but I’m sorry but you will not try to kill me and then expect me to develop feelings for you. FUCK NO! Take that bullshit on to the next sucka. Seriously Zuko remained an asshole pretty much the entire book. Would you catch feeling for this bitch ass?

“Stay there,” he spoke slowly. Stay on the floor where you belong. You act like a pathetic little worm who only wants to sit in the dirt when I was prepared to give you a chance to grow wings and fly.

Charming, am I right?

Honestly, there are many people in the book community that love and rave about this book and I’m just like how? But to each their own. This book is just not for me, especially since it seems to copy every book known to man, plus I remember watching this show growing up so I know how it ends.

Also Vhalla got on my fucking nerves with her false modesty act. I mean she had two guys falling over her and her so called best friend was jealous of her because she was getting all this attention. Girl bye.

Vhalla had always been jealous of Roan’s hair and generally everything about her. Vhalla’s hair was a boring brown mess of frizz and untamable waves; Roan’s fell in beautiful curls. Southerners were lucky with their light skin and features. Even the Gods were shown that way. Vhalla felt perpetually inadequate compared to Southerners and Westerners. Those in the East usually had straw-colored skin with dark brown eyes and wavy hair. Nothing was fantastic about her.

Self-hate much? Even though this is no way related, in the black community we deal with this sort of nonsense and to see it written in the book was so jarring. Similarly if Vhalla is described that way, who the fuck is on the cover? Cause that sure as hell ain’t her. But that’s me nitpicking.

And I’m going to stop right there because I can go on and on about what is wrong with this book. And either though people say the next book is much better I don’t see myself picking it.

Before I go I want to say there is nothing wrong with the writing. The world-building was okay  and I like where the author was trying to go but the story and characters I just didn’t like and it took me away from what could have been a great book.

Either way you decide whether or not you want to give this series a go.

As always thanks for stopping by <3

*I received a copy in exchange for my honest review. I also brought my own copy in show of support before I actually read the book

 

9 thoughts on “AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER

  1. I’m glad I’m not alone! Seriously I didn’t understand why everyone fell head over heels over this book. Also I totally kept thinking it was like Avatar the Last Airbender the whole time! The author told me she had never even heard of Avatar the Last Airbender when she wrote this, but I call bullshit.

    1. No you’re not. When I started reading I was like this is The Last Airbender straight up. And for her to say she’s never heard of this show make me question her integrity. You basically had to be in a coma for the last 10 years not to know about this show.

    1. Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the book. Hopefully the other books are good as everyone keeps telling me. Maybe in the future I’ll read the second one. But Aldrik needs to stopping being a douche.

  2. LOL I LOVE. I love the series, but there were DEFINITELY problems with it. Your commentary made me laugh tho for real. I honestly didn’t even think of ATLA, but holy shit you’re so right. It’s just been a while since I even thought of that series that it didn’t come to mind.

    1. What’s sad is that this book had potential with me but I couldn’t get over that one not so subtle fact that it reminded me of ATLA.

      Have you read the others in the series?

      1. Yeah I’ve read all of the books and I really loved them. Honestly, it’s more of a romance than a fantasy. Like if there was going to be a romance/fantasy percentage ratio I’d say it’s about 60%/40%. There’s a good deal of magic and all that stuff involved, but it’s really heavy on the characters and their relationships so we get a lot more of Aldrik and Vhalla’s relationship.

  3. I haven’t read this one, but this sounds hilarious. I just finished rewatching all three seasons of Avatar, and I think this would drive me crazy. Though I did think the prince in The Girl at Midnight was completely Prince Zuko. It wasn’t even subtle. There’s inspiration, and then there’s basically copying. I wasn’t a fan.

    1. Well I feel the author copied Avatar instead of being inspired by it but from what I’ve heard this author never heard of The Last Airbender.

      As for The Girl at Midnight that book wasn’t for me and I agree about prince being a carbon copy of Zuko. Like at least be a little original when writing characters.

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