The one scene that stuck with me over a decade later, of Polly swimming across the lake, was... less than a paragraph long. Most of the rest of the bo...moreThe one scene that stuck with me over a decade later, of Polly swimming across the lake, was... less than a paragraph long. Most of the rest of the book was just repeated conversations about what should be done.
I do think the basic themes/structure was present in the book (forgiveness, fear of death, liminality of worlds), just that the manuscript needed another five revisions to make them actually interesting! (less)
First off, a fun read :D I did enjoy it, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a light, quirky book.
The cons: - The main conflict (Mel not wanting...moreFirst off, a fun read :D I did enjoy it, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a light, quirky book.
The cons: - The main conflict (Mel not wanting Cathy to become a vampire) did not change throughout the book, and thus became monotonous within 50 pages; if that had been more dynamic, the plot would've moved more quickly;
- The LGBT references seemed to be kinda stuck in there? Which, on one level, I appreciate the casual mentions, but on the other, it also felt like they were crammed in there to get the bonus points of being LGBT-friendly. With Ty, whose bisexuality was mentioned on the last page, it felt particularly egregious.
- The quirky/humorous language was too... relentless? A little less would've had more impact, I think. I felt like the book was trying so hard to be funny at every moment it didn't give the story as much room to breathe.
- The authors mentioned that they wrote this to finally bring the girls' friendships in vampire novels to the forefront. Great intention! I love it! ...But, nah, we never do see Mel and Cathy spending much time together. Even when they do, they're mostly at odds. Mel and Anna fared better, but with that, it was mostly Mel trying to solve a mystery, and not hang out with her. The relationship that *did* get the most development was-- shocking!-- the romance between Mel and Kit. Which would be fine, but I was expecting a story celebrating friendship; if I hadn't been sold on that, I wouldn't have been disappointed.
- In the acknowledgements section, I wish they'd mentioned Twilight amongst their inspirations, as the franchise had a clear impact on this novel, from the very title itself.
- Lovely conclusion with the zombies ;___; It was sad and I was glad to see that world-building pay off at the end
It was okay. I skimmed the paragraphs of names I'd never hear again and the battles. The main reason I'm continuing with the series is that it's becom...moreIt was okay. I skimmed the paragraphs of names I'd never hear again and the battles. The main reason I'm continuing with the series is that it's become a common cultural item and I enjoy being able to participate in conversations.(less)
**spoiler alert** Fun! :) The ending was a bit too happy (ball-blocking fairy? seriously?) and I wasn't comfortable with the implied message about rap...more**spoiler alert** Fun! :) The ending was a bit too happy (ball-blocking fairy? seriously?) and I wasn't comfortable with the implied message about rape culture (namely: sexual harassment is bad! but it's really the girls'/fairy's fault, not the harassers. Plus, no one likes a girl who's popular with the boys?? :( ). Also, I wasn't too comfortable with Andrew being what really seemed mentally disabled and the only one doing enough criminal activity to be punished?
What I do like about this book is that the plot and characters develop, facing the consequences of previous actions. I'm very tired of stories where the status quo does not change and/or the foreshadowed threats are not at all addressed. Not the case here! :) We knew that some of the highest stakes was seeing the principal (getting expelled) and (almost) dying-- and that's where it went. <3
I also adore the female relationships. <3 <33!!! I honestly though that Rochelle was going to prove to be a false friend; perhaps I simply associate obsessions with clothes with shallowness? My bad! Rochelle proved to be an awesome support, sticking by Charlie through thick and thin. <3 That's a wonderful presentation of friendship. I also loved Fiorenze and how she gets closer to Charlie, going from being a hated enemy to a genuine friend. :) And one line indicates she's queer?? ("I'm not even sure I like boys.") I like that, leaning how to get along with those you dislike.
Most of all, I just slid through the book. An engaging read. <3(less)
**spoiler alert** I'd read this back in 2002 and managed to forget most of it in the interim. I have vague memories, like of Bran falling (and becomin...more**spoiler alert** I'd read this back in 2002 and managed to forget most of it in the interim. I have vague memories, like of Bran falling (and becoming a wolf?). Then again, I did love him!
I find each installment of the series hard to begin but then usually get caught up in the action a fourth or a third of the way through. (So much slogging before that, though!) This is partially, of course, because I liked watching how the different narratives reach different plot points (like crisis moments or turning towards throne-desiring).
Right now, I just wish the book had more female pov characters, fewer mentions of face/nameless whoring (we get it, we get it, men pay women for sex, but geez maybe those prostitutes have lives of their own?), less white-centered skeeviness, and... I dunno. I did like that Ned died. Cool, that. And I wish the girls could get their direwolves back. :(
I'm partway through the next sequel but don't know if I have the patience to get through it, much less read *all* the following books. (less)