I liked this book overall. The story was great, it took some unexpected turns and got really intense. I ended up feeling like I had been through a lot...moreI liked this book overall. The story was great, it took some unexpected turns and got really intense. I ended up feeling like I had been through a lot with Alice. I had a soft spot for "Sam Fielding" and felt bad for Geoffry Fisk whose entire life had been MISERABLE-and nobody knew!
The cons of this book were a REALLY slow start. It took me about 8 chapters to care about any of the characters and feel invested. There was also a lot of character jumping. I had to keep stopping to think- who is this character? and- ok...this is another point of view. The sudden and unannounced change of character lasted through the end of the book. Most of these things faded as the story really took off and in the end I thought the story was great!(less)
I hate to be the negative one, but I promised myself when I signed up for Arc books I would be honest e...moreI received an ARC of this book from goodreads!
I hate to be the negative one, but I promised myself when I signed up for Arc books I would be honest even if it wasn't as positive as I hoped.
and Honestly, I spent probably 85% of this book being so frustrated that I had to keep putting the book down and take a breather.
The positive: There were moments of grace. At one point Cath, one of the semi-main characters, was doing housework and likened the laundry to rising bread dough. Which I completely understand and I immediately fell in love with this simile! Between chapters 13 and 23 there was relative peace and felt like things were finally coming together and were going to work out in some realistic way... I really appreciated how realistic Marlene, another semi-main character, was. She never really yelled at anyone like a 12 year old and was hot and cold through most of the book, but I liked her.
Eden helping Kimberly was absolutely beautiful. almost got me all emo.
The negative: For me-None of the issues were dealt with realistically. Eden didn't even talk to her husband about some MAJOR things that would definitely be brought up... like getting turned into FSD & Being harassed by her neighbor.
Eden said several very offensive things to different people she came in contact with and they didn't even react. In real life they would have left her alone with her sad little self and moved on with their lives... like when she told Cath's teenage daughter to "go ask your perfect mother" and then this teenage girl called and offered to babysit for Eden.
If a neighbor is harassing you and trying to get your children taken away from you- FIGHT BACK!!! File a report that you are being Harassed! And for Heaven's sake don't give the investigator 3 references of people YOU DON'T KNOW!ugh.
and lastly, up until the last 3 or 4 chapters every conversation ended with cheap tricks to add drama. No one said goodbye or anything to end a conversation. They hung up or walked away... no- ran out of the room. Yes, adults running away...
So overall, it was ok. I think maybe I just wasn't on the same wave length as the author. Or maybe the people I have come in contact with are sneaky because they wouldn't say these things to your face- or stick around after you said something so rude to them. IDK... it was ok.
I'm only about 60 pages in so far- LOVE.THIS.BOOK.
I have only read a few vampire books.... partly because I have other inte...moreWon this for first reads!!!
I'm only about 60 pages in so far- LOVE.THIS.BOOK.
I have only read a few vampire books.... partly because I have other interests and partly because there is sooo much hype about the subject of late.This one is different from all I've heard about or read. New take, well written, instantly attached to Lenah...and Rhode.
Brilliant debut novel!
Of course, I will update when I have finished it....
OK. I really enjoyed this book all the way through. The plot takes some unexpected turns, which I liked. The characters are likable. I like how it goes back and forth between what Lena is doing now and her memories as a vampire. Through these memories we get to know her "coven"- family of vampires- which consists of a few very strong men she made into vampires.
There are a few things that are left hanging, which I hope are somehow resolved in the second book. If not then they just don't add up...
The other thing that I wasn't in love with... the author used "like" a lot to help the characters sound young. It wasn't a big deal, but there were a few times I had to tell myself to just ignore it.
Overall a good book- look forward to the second!(less)
I loved this book! My 3 year old loves it too. The pictures are beautiful and fabulous! The story was great!
Some children books have only one line per...more I loved this book! My 3 year old loves it too. The pictures are beautiful and fabulous! The story was great!
Some children books have only one line per page and then you are turning pages so quickly you don't really look at the pictures, that bugs me. Some books have way too many words and it takes 20 min to read, which is far beyond my son's attention span. This book was just in the middle, perfect for my 3 year old.
The story itself was humorous, the illustration was perfect. Highly recommended, so glad I won this from goodreads! I will look for more by this author.(less)