Oh boy. The phrase "son, I am disappoint" has never applied more than it does here.
While we delve into the mystery into what got Nora's father killed,...moreOh boy. The phrase "son, I am disappoint" has never applied more than it does here.
While we delve into the mystery into what got Nora's father killed, and why Patch is handling her with kid gloves (or is he?), I found myself getting incredibly bored within the first 50 pages of the book. I was hoping that the cliche of "my boyfriend feels that he has to keep me at arms' length to protect me while still trying to love me" wouldn't be used within this series, but unfortunately, it was. I guess you could call this cliche "twilight syndrome" (for obvious reasons), and I was so overwhelmingly disappointed that this was inserted into Patch and Nora's relationship.
I get so very tired of the girl being the pawn between two other parties - this case, Heaven and the Fallen - and unfortunately, this book is no exception to the case. Yet another symptom of twilight syndrome, I'm afraid. Now, compare this to Lauren Kate's "Fallen" series, where you have the girl being the forceful power behind the literal falling from grace of the male character - that's refreshing. That's what I like in my literature. The helpless female? SO 1890's. Austen's calling, she wants her characters back.
I'm not even sure at this point whether or not I want to even look at the third book. And for me, that's a pretty strong statement.(less)
I honestly couldn't even really finish this book - I got about 2/3rds of the way through and then had to quit. The write...more(Crossposted to librarything.)
I honestly couldn't even really finish this book - I got about 2/3rds of the way through and then had to quit. The writer has talent, I will grudgingly admit that, but the rest was so disorganized with so many differentiating POVs that I got dizzy whilst reading. As other reviewers have also noticed, the character development was done in far too much abundance early on when the author could have stretched it out and appropriately interspersed it between chapters.
And then there's the whole "tech-noir" label that's been slapped on this novel. Nope. I see a very depressing near-dystopic near future for NYC, but that's about it. Unless you include the amount of guns used, it's not really living up to its label. This is more of a crime book than anything else. Which is fine, really, once you call it what it is: a crime book.
The one good thing about this book is that it taught me what not to do while writing my own novel. Thank you - the knowledge will not be misspent, I promise you.(less)
A very interesting take on what the Generation Y (children born in the 1980's) have had to go through in order to stay afloat in the current economic...moreA very interesting take on what the Generation Y (children born in the 1980's) have had to go through in order to stay afloat in the current economic climate. Very visceral in its diction, this book made me smile in more ways than one; specifically in the way the two protagonists spoke to each other (incredibly insulting by regular society standards, but real love behind each f-bomb and four letter word). Also a refreshing look on the sex industry today and how women are starting to take the workplace back - not always as a last resort, but as something fun, too. A very fun read, but definitely not for the faint of heart.