**spoiler alert** Born at Midnight wasn't a great book, but it wasn't an awful book either. It's just... middle of the road. It has decent bones, as f...more**spoiler alert** Born at Midnight wasn't a great book, but it wasn't an awful book either. It's just... middle of the road. It has decent bones, as far as the concept goes, but it just felt sort of weakly executed.
Kylie herself is a weak character, and is hard to sympathize with. She's whiny, and sort of bratty. So much time is taken up with Kylie focusing on Sara's issues back home, when Sara herself is barely shown and ends up being really insignificant to the overall story arc. It also feels like too many elements are thrown into the mix- supernatural creatures, brain-wave reading powers, the federal government, gangs, a ghost, family issues... it made for a lot of balls up in the air, and some of them just didn't seem to make sense being there to begin with.
It feels like there are pages and pages of nothing but Kylie whining, or feeling sorry for herself, and then at the end, the author realized she had to tie up the floating plot points and then all the action happens at once.
A lot of the time while I was reading Born at Midnight, it kept reminding me of Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers trilogy. The main characters are similar (Kylie and Chloe, respectively, are both girls who suffer from an overabundance of niceness, and both can see/talk to/call the dead). Both girls are sent somewhere for troubled teens (Kylie to a camp, Chloe to a group home), and both find out that they are more than human and are heir to supernatural powers and that they belong to a hidden society of other supernatural beings. Unfortunately, Born at Midnight tends to suffer by comparison.
The back of the book says that if you like PC Cast and Alyson Noel you'll like this, and I haven't really liked the series of either of those authors that much, for the same reasons- whiny characters, plot that drags a lot and then suddenly speeds up, and too much going on with a lack of realism to go along with it. So if you don't like those authors, you probably won't really like this too much either.
(Book was received through the Librarything Early Reviewers giveaway program).(less)
Steampunk, alternate history, a hero who hides in the shadows of the world's most famous city... This had all the elements of what could have been a g...moreSteampunk, alternate history, a hero who hides in the shadows of the world's most famous city... This had all the elements of what could have been a great book, but it just sort of fell flat.
None of the characters were really fleshed out enough to care about, and the reveal of the Ghost's true identity just didn't work for me. It was too sudden and didn't make sense as presented.
Everything wrapped up too easily, and the main love interest's involvement in the whole plot seemed to just be sort of thrown in there at the last minute. Nothing felt very explained.(less)
I received this for free at the SD Comic Con over the summer. Romance isn't my usual genre, but I was willing to take a chance on it because it was a...moreI received this for free at the SD Comic Con over the summer. Romance isn't my usual genre, but I was willing to take a chance on it because it was a post-apocalyptic story and I usually go for those. Yeah... this book is pretty much an example of why I avoid romance novels on the whole.
I've always tended to think that most romance novels are pretty much the women's equivalent of porn, and overall, this novel really only strengthened that opinion. Much like the plot of porn movies, setting and realism and character development really didn't matter so much as getting the two main characters together... and then getting them together, if you know what I mean.
Every single character was a stereotype. The perfect woman who doesn't know her own strength until a man helps her find it. The heroic warrior who needs a woman to tame him. The devoted mother, the geeky scientist, the damaged child, the emo teenager, etc. And none of them were written well enough that you'd care, one way or another, what happened to them.
The setting felt muddled, and all the descriptions and discussion of Jenna's prophet father Mitch didn't do much to either explain what he'd been a prophet of, or why anyone should care. Just because something is set in a post-apocalyptic world doesn't relieve it of the burden of having to explain the setting, or make it feel real, or ground the apocalypse in some sort of reason for having happened in the first place.
Overall, not a book I enjoyed or that I'd recommend to anyone who wants some actual story in their post-apocalyptic adventure.
This series just sticks with you. The world is really well done and detailed, and Shaun and Georgia and their friends are just so freaking real! I fin...moreThis series just sticks with you. The world is really well done and detailed, and Shaun and Georgia and their friends are just so freaking real! I find myself thinking about the story, the world, when I should be doing other things (like trying to get work done) and when I got down to the final chapter... damn she can write endings that pack a punch. I can't believe I have to wait another year to find out how it's all going to turn out!(less)
Point Pleasant, named for the small West Virginia town that is its setting, is the story of how two men, broken in different ways, figure out what the...morePoint Pleasant, named for the small West Virginia town that is its setting, is the story of how two men, broken in different ways, figure out what they mean to each other, while coming to terms with the events that haunted their mutual past together.
Both Ben and Nicholas are most definitely haunted- by family tragedy, by the memory of their final explosive confrontation ten years earlier, by self-doubt and self-hatreds and the dark things that literally and metaphysically try to eat you alive in the middle of the night. The author does a good job of keeping a balance between showing their relationship in the now, and looking back at the way they grew up and what happened to them as children to shape the men they have become who are now trying to reconnect with each other. The wide cast of supporting characters have unique voices and characterizations, helping to make the small-town atmosphere come alive and feel real and vivid in the mind's eye.
I originally read the story in its first form, as a piece of AU fanfiction, and loved it then; the author has done a great job to transition it into a work of fiction that stands on its own.
I got this one as part of the Librarything Member Giveaway program, and I am not going to be able to ever count this one as finished. I tried, I reall...moreI got this one as part of the Librarything Member Giveaway program, and I am not going to be able to ever count this one as finished. I tried, I really really tried. But after several months (!) of trying to get through this one, I really just had to give in and admit defeat. I generally love apocalyptic, end of the world type books, but I really had trouble getting into this one. I really couldn't get a firm grip on any of the characters, and things kept pulling me out of the story to go "really? seriously?" every few pages. (less)
Marcus Pelegrimas has created a darker, more bloody world of vampires and werewolves, and the people who try to keep them from preying on humanity. Th...moreMarcus Pelegrimas has created a darker, more bloody world of vampires and werewolves, and the people who try to keep them from preying on humanity. The actual supernatural creatures were handled with originality and creativity; he added some new elements to the vampire and werewolf mythology, taking stock creatures and making then seem new. Also interesting was the addition of bits of humor, through Cole's interactions with the MEG operator, Stu, and his flirtation with Paige.
While I liked the action of the story, Cole and Paige seemed very one dimensional up until almost the very end. Also, sometimes the actual craft of the story, the nuts and bolts sentence construction and grammar usage, pulled me out of the narrative; I'd see a strangely constructed sentence, or dialogue that was sort of stilted, and it would pull me out of the world that Pelegrimas was trying to construct. Overall not a bad start to a new supernatural series, but I hope there are fewer jarring elements in the second installment.(less)
Despite its abrupt ending, I liked Ariel. Unicorns and postapocalyptic wastelands as various metaphors for growing up worked for me, and I am looking...moreDespite its abrupt ending, I liked Ariel. Unicorns and postapocalyptic wastelands as various metaphors for growing up worked for me, and I am looking forward to picking up the sequel (Elegy Beach) when it comes out in November.(less)