Terrible names (Pagan and Dank? Really?), terrible writing, terrible characterizations. Just everything about this wa...moreWell. At least I got it for free.
Terrible names (Pagan and Dank? Really?), terrible writing, terrible characterizations. Just everything about this was terrible.
Was I supposed to like Pagan? She was so whiny and treated her boyfriend horribly despite him being nothing but a sweet (albeit boring) guy.
Oh but let's not forget about that ridiculous cliffhanger.
The only reason it's getting 2 stars instead of 1 is because I was at least curious enough about where the plot was going to finish it. Actually you know what? I'm just going to say it's 1.5 stars and downgrade it.(less)
**spoiler alert** The premise had a lot going for it but I ended up feeling pretty bored and annoyed throughout most of the book. It was really predic...more**spoiler alert** The premise had a lot going for it but I ended up feeling pretty bored and annoyed throughout most of the book. It was really predictable too, which I hate.
As soon as Jem went up to the tower I knew what was going to happen and I didn't understand that she didn't realize that especially at the point that he was on the ledge too. As soon as they had sex I literally narrowed my eyes at the book, suspicious that she was going to wind up pregnant and low and behold, she does. I predicted that the gift would be passed to her child too. Those things didn't entirely spoil the book for me but it does take out some of the excitement.
Also I hate the whole middle part where they were running from the police. I mean, I get that the police force can be pretty corrupt and they were worried that Spider, as a young black man with a record, could wind up on the hook for the attack, but it still seemed kind of iffy that they would actually have come to any real trouble.
I may read the sequel. I'll at least put it on my TBR shelf for now. It does have a much higher rating, but reading the synopsis it sounds kind of like a replica of this book except with her son.
**spoiler alert** I like this book a lot more than I thought I would since urban fantasy isn't a strong interest of mine. However, all of the characte...more**spoiler alert** I like this book a lot more than I thought I would since urban fantasy isn't a strong interest of mine. However, all of the characters were pretty engaging.
Kate was an awesome female protagonist. Strong-willed, bad ass, and independent. I found her character to be an incredibly good representation of the thoughts, feelings, and human interactions that a real person would have.
Curran is equally as awesome. I've been reading a lot of books lately with huge asshole male interests for the heroine that I have no idea how anyone could like. Curran is what I feel like those authors were going for but fell far short of the mark. He's strong, dominant, and sarcastic while still managing to be likeable and not abusive (I'm looking at you Jamie from Outlander).
Their relationship is really intriguing too. I expect he'll be her main romantic interest throughout the series even if nothing officially happens for a while. They only share a single kiss at the end of this book but their entire dynamic is really nice.
I also liked Derek's character and thought he was a cute and sweet teenage boy trying to act big and tough and I hope he continues to show up throughout the series as well.
As soon as Crest was introduced as a character I suspected him of maybe being the murderer so I was pleasantly surprised when they through that suspicion into the story and it turned out not to be true. I love when I can guess the twist or who the "bad guy" is but I love even more when I fall for the author's trap and guess the wrong thing. It just makes the book that much more entertaining.
The only thing holding this book back from 5 stars for me was the world-building. What we see of the world in this novel is really interesting but Andrews doesn't really explain it at all. It's very much on a need to know basis that she threw some description of the world in. I prefer to find out a lot about the world up front because I was confused frequently when new aspects of it were introduced without really explaining what they were.
Overall a really great surprise for me and I will definitely be continuing with this series.(less)
Creepy. Very Rosemary's Baby-esque, but I guess this was written far before that time so maybe I should describe Rosemary's Baby and The Great God Pan...moreCreepy. Very Rosemary's Baby-esque, but I guess this was written far before that time so maybe I should describe Rosemary's Baby and The Great God Pan-esque. Either way, creepy child of the devil story.
I liked the parallels to Jesus as well. An immaculate conception from the spirit world with a woman named Mary.
I also liked that the "suicides" were never fully explained. They were tied to Helen in some way, but no real explanation beyond that, which makes the story more realistic and more creepy.(less)
**spoiler alert** I probably wouldn't have finished this book if I hadn't been reading for a bookclub.
The only character I like in this novel was Eli...more**spoiler alert** I probably wouldn't have finished this book if I hadn't been reading for a bookclub.
The only character I like in this novel was Eli even though she's the "monster" of the book. All of the other characters were much more disgusting. I suppose that was the point of the novel, to show that humanity is completely fucked up even without these supernatural monsters, but I generally don't like books where none of the characters are likable.
Oskar is an awful main character because he was just so flat. I didn't really care at all about the things that were happening to him because I couldn't connect to him at all.
The graphic pedophilia was also completely unnecessary and disturbing.
Ultimately though I liked Eli enough for me to want to know what would happen to her and she saved this book from one star.
**spoiler alert** I love Lauren Oliver's writing. I read Delirium a little while ago and kept hearing the Before I Fall is even better so of course I...more**spoiler alert** I love Lauren Oliver's writing. I read Delirium a little while ago and kept hearing the Before I Fall is even better so of course I had to check it out. And wow.
I read this book in two sittings during the same day because I just had to know what would happen next. Normally I read a chapter or two at a time and then come back to the book later but this book I just kept reading and reading.
The whole Kent story arc was pretty cliche but still really cute. I also liked that Sam didn't end up hating her friends even after she realized how terrible they were to other people because she could still recognize the good in them as well.(less)