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message 1: by Anna (new)

Anna I'm sure it is—what do you love about it/hate about it?


message 2: by Steph (new)

Steph I'm not too far yet but...

Love: The humor - definitely similar to BTVS and Veronica Mars - though I think it might work a bit better in TV format. That it doesn't feel similar to any other YA I've read despite having similar qualities. Kami Glass girl detective. Kami learning from and getting called out on her desire to hate another lady simply for being popular with men.

Hate: How despite attempts to make Kami not swoony like a lot of other YA ladies (though she has more reason than them for her instant love connection to be plausible) her relationship with Jared is still incredibly melodramatic. Jared so far does not have a personality beyond Bad BoyTM. The writing feels a little jarring and the dialogue odd. Like, it feels like it's trying too hard sometimes, and I'm not convinced that they are actually characters sometimes rather than a collection of humorous one liners. I often find myself thinking no one would actually talk like that.


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Stephanie (The Night Bookmobile) wrote: "I'm not too far yet but...

Love: The humor - definitely similar to BTVS and Veronica Mars - though I think it might work a bit better in TV format. That it doesn't feel similar to any other YA I'v..."


Apt comparisons about the humour, Stephanie. :) But I guess I was so caught up in the story that I didn't pause to analyze it as an assortment of hilarious one- liners, indeed.

And although I loved this book, I know many were bothered by the odd relationship between Kami and Jared; Jared's refusal to touch her, the notion of having a boy who's REAL be able to see your thoughts, and so forth. Anyhow, I look forward to the final verdict. :)


message 4: by Lisa (last edited Oct 18, 2012 03:04PM) (new)

Lisa Stephanie, I'm feeling the same way you are and I'm about where you are now (or as if your last update). There are elements that I love, and some of the descriptive passages are nice, but the dialogue is a little awkward. I think it's partly due to the fact that Brennan overuses dialogue tags. I just thought I'd be more invested in the story than I am.


message 5: by Steph (last edited Oct 18, 2012 03:11PM) (new)

Steph I think that's not my issue with the relationship, although I can see how the concept could be viewed that way. I think there's a real opportunity to explore that sort of connection, and allow Kami (as she already is) to also feel betrayed and exposed by it, rather than running to Jared and shouting "Soul mates!" because of it like he did. I actually like that. I think that the issue is that, for me, this very cool opportunity is kind of being overshadowed by unrealistic huge things (pushed into a well and Jared tripped over his pants on the way here and now he's shirtless!, threw a rock and broke a window and the "we held hands like we never wanted to let go!" sort of writing that followed) instead of exploring it with any seriousness or allowing it to be subtle. I was so intrigued by the idea and loved Jared being in her head and in real life he's kind of being a one-dimensional bad boy douche.

But it's early yet! :)


message 6: by Steph (new)

Steph Lisa, happy to see someone on the same page as me, literally and figuratively! Oh no, now the bad joke one liners are rubbing off on me.

I think the humor (though I have laughed out loud a few times!) is kind of engulfing the characters. I like Kami. I don't want her to be a caricature.


message 7: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Stephanie (The Night Bookmobile) wrote: "Lisa, happy to see someone on the same page as me, literally and figuratively! Oh no, now the bad joke one liners are rubbing off on me.

I think the humor (though I have laughed out loud a few tim..."


Ha ha. I'm glad we're on the same page too. :)

I agree about the humor. Its preventing the characters from having the kind of depth I'm looking for, but there is still time for those deeper layers to emerge.


message 8: by Anna (new)

Anna Hahahahahahahahahahahaha.

That's my only possible response to giving this book one star.


message 9: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Oh no. I was hoping it would turn around. Looking forward to the full review. When I'm done with it we should compare thoughts. :)


message 10: by The Holy Terror (new)

The Holy Terror Oh, I knew by your last update that you were going to hate this one. How much did you want to throw the book after reading the ending?


message 11: by Steph (new)

Steph Anna, "HAHAHAHHAHAAHAHA" is kind of a good summary for most of this book - at the expense of most of the character development.

I agree, Lisa. I have a lot of thoughts on this one so I will write it today when I have time.

THT, I was actually finding a few things I did appreciate in the chapters leading up to the last one and then the ending was like... someone thinking they were really clever and shouting "ROMANTIC DRAMAZ! MUAHAHAHA!" before running out of the room to go hang out with Stephenie Meyer. It also undid a lot of what I was growing to appreciate, at least a little bit, about Kami.


message 12: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Ack! I was all excited about this one. Will wait to read until you post your review. I like to read critical ones before I decide if I can handle all the probz.


message 13: by Steph (new)

Steph You might still like it, Natalie. Seems like a lot of people were able to look past the stuff that bothered me.


message 14: by Jamie (new)

Jamie One needs no excuse to look at Malese Jow or Candice Accola but thank you for providing me with one anyway <3


message 15: by Gabrielle (new)

Gabrielle the cover reminds me of the book of lost things by john connolly


message 16: by Choco (new)

Choco This is a great review.
I did enjoy the book, but now after reading this, I do think that if I read the book a second time, I would not be able to ignore everything you mentioned.


curious little beastie Wow, first time I saw a negative review of this book. o_o I seem to remember a time where this book got 5 star review after 5 star review and everyone was shitting their pants over it.


message 18: by Steph (new)

Steph People are still shitting their pants over this book. My review is just one of many. I can see why people like it though and a lot of my friends do. That's why I included the pictures of Malese and Candice. To distract them from my hostility!


curious little beastie Ah, I get it. But from the points you made in your review, I think I might push this back on my TBR a little, cause I despise love triangles and douchey bad boys, especially combinations of the two. Great review, by the way!


message 20: by Matt (new)

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message 21: by Steph (new)

Steph Matt wrote: ""

A+ GIF usage.


message 22: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Stephanie, your review is beyond awesome. I'm in total agreement with everything you've written. I'm so glad we unofficially did a read-along for this one because it was your statuses and comments that helped keep me sane. :)

I don't think you're off on the Vampire Diaries casting. SRB is apparently a huge TVD fan, as evidenced by her participation in this book. (OT: I'm still bitter that they killed off Malese Jow's character.)


message 23: by Lyanna (new)

Lyanna HELLO! I've been staring at my laptop screen for a long while now & I still can't put my finger on where I've seen that girl before (the first one), if you could kindly tell me what show that's from I WOULD BE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL!!! ITS JUST THAT MOMENT WHEN YOU KNOW, IN THE SAME TIME YOU DONT its a memory tickling your mind!! ugh, thank you!


message 24: by Steph (new)

Steph Lyanna wrote: "HELLO! I've been staring at my laptop screen for a long while now & I still can't put my finger on where I've seen that girl before (the first one), if you could kindly tell me what show that's fro..."

Hi Lyanna! Malese Jow played the vampire Anna in The Vampire Diaries. She was also in The Social Network.


message 25: by Lyanna (new)

Lyanna Steph wrote: "Lyanna wrote: "HELLO! I've been staring at my laptop screen for a long while now & I still can't put my finger on where I've seen that girl before (the first one), if you could kindly tell me what ..."

THERE WE GO! I also realised that she looked a lot like Lana from Smallville in that picture! Thank you so much! You're the best Xx


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