The only thing YA about this book is its predictability. If even * I * can guess all the twists halfway through, then it's not a very difficult read.
W...moreThe only thing YA about this book is its predictability. If even * I * can guess all the twists halfway through, then it's not a very difficult read.
What I didn't expect, was that this story equates to a hard R in movie rating terms. And not in the raunchy teenager type of way, but in the dark, disturbing, ugly sort of way. It fit the story, but aiming it at a YA audience was inappropriate. (less)
So, weird thing to admit, but I like books like this that get inside of mental illness. Compared to all the teen-fluf...moreWell that was over way too fast.
So, weird thing to admit, but I like books like this that get inside of mental illness. Compared to all the teen-fluff-supernatural-fantasy-romance, the raw intensity from addressing things like serious depression is powerfully real.
I think everybody tastes the crazy at some point and nothing could be scarier than feeling completely isolated in that prison. No one wants to be alone and no one wants to be crazy and just reading something like this helps you to feel a little less of both.
And in all likelihood, loosing your marbles a little is probably as close to paranormal as most people will be able to get, so at least there's that, right? (less)
So, the first half of the book was pretty good. I just finished reading a similar story and this one was way more interesting.
Then almost exactly half...moreSo, the first half of the book was pretty good. I just finished reading a similar story and this one was way more interesting.
Then almost exactly halfway through, this book turned to crap. It was laborious to slog through the boring, slow moving, swamp sludge it had become.
And even with the final twist, the end just kind of fell flat to me.
And oh gosh, I can't help but comment on the names:
DANK?? For real? Even if he is death, that's a really, really stupid name. (About as stupid as an angel named Patch.) Why not Gristle or Rot or just plain Grim? I hope Dank isn't a legitimate name, but it sounds made up to me.
As for Pagan, it actually sounds pretty cool, but I just couldn't get past the implied meaning. Was it intentional? I half expected her mom to be Wiccan or at least a hippie. (Maybe if she had siblings would they be named Heathen and Gentile?). My point is, any name sends immediate messages, whether it's the name of the bully who harassed you in second grade, the homecoming queen, but especially when its a regular word. (Just ask Chastity Bono.) Your brain can't help but make associations, and so far, these names are not helping these characters. Whatever. I'm just saying.
But alas, like the idiot that I am, I'm going to attempt the next book. I'm not holding my breath that the story will revive. (less)
If you want a more detailed explanation, then read the top two reviews-- the...moreHere's what you need to know:
This book isn't that great.
And it's crass.
If you want a more detailed explanation, then read the top two reviews-- they're pretty accurate.
What those reviews fail to mention, however, is that this is a story about a girl who is losing it. She's hallucinating, she's going crazy with PTSD, and the author takes you right into the thick of it before you even realize you're there. Since this is from Mara's POV, it's sometimes hard to tell what is hallucinated and what is real. You feel as disoriented as she does, wondering if that scene really happened or not. Honestly, it kept me on my toes.
I also disagree with the reviews that complain about the mystery disappearing after she meets Noah. If anything, it just gets more intriguing. Where others see a bunch of random storylines, I saw possible clues. The book ends with so many new questions, too. I'm actually in suspense. I just hope I'm not overestimating the whole thing.
As for bad boy Noah, well, he's part of the mystery too. I'm not particularly fond of him, but I'm interested nevertheless. His character really is the pinnacle of cliche' teen fantasy, and for once he really is as shallow as you'd expect. That's a new one. Except, that instead of being just a distraction, he really is an element of what's going on with Mara.