This book has a very interesting concept- the idea that historical roles of black and white people are reversed. The social implications are very wellThis book has a very interesting concept- the idea that historical roles of black and white people are reversed. The social implications are very well-explored, but the personal story left a little to be desired. The star-crossed lovers idea, while classic, seemed a little tired. I had a hard time sympathizing with either of the main characters at times, although the story was overall believable. I read the kindle edition and there were several glaring editing errors- I'm hoping they don't appear in the print version. I liked it enough to read the next book in the series....more
OK, let me start off by saying I was a huge fan of the original Twilight series. I got super into it, and read them multiple times. If you didn't likeOK, let me start off by saying I was a huge fan of the original Twilight series. I got super into it, and read them multiple times. If you didn't like/read them, then there is absolutely no reason to read this book.
Secondly, it needs to be said that this book should have been Midnight Sun. Stephenie, I am so sorry that your precious baby was leaked on the internet. But, you know what? That happens all the time. You need to put on your big girl panties and finish it anyway, not cross your arms and stomp your foot about it.
Finally, this book would have been a million times better if she had switched Edward and Bella's genders, but kept the other characters the same. I would have loved to see how Mike and Jessica would have responded to a male Bella. I found myself trying to remember who was whose gender-swapped counterpart the entire time. If Meyer was really trying to prove that Bella wasn't a "damsel in distress" she should have kept most things the same, aside from the gender of the protagonist. That being said, I get how that might have been less fun to write.
A few other things about the book bugged me, such as the names. Beaufort and Edythe? Come on, that's worse than Renesmee, and that's saying a lot. Just like Bella, Beau was a little boring. And just like Bella, he stupidly tried to protect the vampires from another vampire, as if he had any kind of business doing that. I never understood how Bella was so dumb, and Beau was no different. The beginning of the book was so slow, mostly because not much had changed about the plot.
The only real redeeming quality of the book was the ending. I was so pleasantly surprised that she went a different direction. Now I kind of wish she had done that in the first place. Cut out the whole love triangle altogether.
Overall, 2 stars. Once I got into it, I was at least interested enough to finish. But someone who hadn't read Twilight might be bored....more
I was pretty excited about this book, based on a review I saw in Entertainment Weekly. Mystery! Suspense! A deadly game! Sounds awesome, right?
Well,I was pretty excited about this book, based on a review I saw in Entertainment Weekly. Mystery! Suspense! A deadly game! Sounds awesome, right?
Well, the mystery was a big dud, there was very little suspense, and the game was only accidentally deadly. The characters were not very interesting or relatable. I couldn't for the life of me figure out what would be appealing about playing this game. Why on earth would anyone sign up for inevitable public humiliation? And what kind of person enjoys the humiliation of their friends?
If you enjoy reading about young adults drinking constantly and talking about how clever they all are, check this out. But don't expect anything from the so-called twist at the end. This book was a huge fail for me.
Oh, and the language was awful. Like, really awful. Who talks like that? To people they like?...more