The idea of a vampire smuggler in space where the elite have discovered immortality was right up my alley. It sounded like a fun mix of Firefly + AngeThe idea of a vampire smuggler in space where the elite have discovered immortality was right up my alley. It sounded like a fun mix of Firefly + Angel. Unfortunately this book suffers from a plot very loosely hung together and paper-thin characters.
Skyler is supposed to be one of the top operatives of an elite security force and yet she can’t keep a thought in her head if Ricardo the Sexy Spanish Vamp is in the room. Seriously, woman. TRY TO HOLD IT TOGETHER FOR LIKE TWO DAYS.
Ricardo was no better as a hero. Even the pivotal break out of the super secure prison was underwhelming and mostly just gave Ricardo more time to comment on how hot Skylar is. I get it. He finds her ridiculously attractive. On the other hand, I never bought that he loved her. He became obsessed with her, yes. But he was a controlling, dangerous, abusive guy and Skylar became his sex toy and doormat. Ricardo was such an unpleasant macho man. And Skylar was so weak and pathetic. ...more
A Nordic noir thriller that like all the books I've read from Scandinavia, suffers from a lot of detail. There are a million points of view here and wA Nordic noir thriller that like all the books I've read from Scandinavia, suffers from a lot of detail. There are a million points of view here and while it all comes together in the end, it feels like there was a lot of wasted time in the many tiny bits of the various character’s lives.
This book is about a bullied little boy (Oscar) who is a future murderous psychopath (his boy wants to murder people, in retaliation for years of bullying and not just as a revenge fantasy – Oscar wants to make people feel as powerless as he does). He befriends a child vampire who might actually be more moral than he is (in the sense that he only kills to survive, and not for the pleasure/feeling of power). The child vampire, Eli, has a protector/servant who is a pedophile, because nobody who fits well in society would agree to be the Igor to a child vampire.
A solid horror/thriller, and a good twist on the normal vampire book. ...more
Zombies! Yeah, again. I've been reading lots of zombie books this year.
Summers has some beautiful writing, but her characterization could use some worZombies! Yeah, again. I've been reading lots of zombie books this year.
Summers has some beautiful writing, but her characterization could use some work. I appreciate the uniqueness of making the protagonist of an apocalypse suicidal (which is mistaken for braveness by her fellows - I would say friends but...I don't think they are) but everyone was a cut-out. Grace and Trace were twins – Grace was student body president but completely lacks leadership skills or a personality. Trace was an asshole and I was just waiting for a zombie to eat his face. Harrison was a freshman and a crybaby and of course he finally gets brave (view spoiler)[in his last moment to sacrifice his life for a more “important” character (hide spoiler)]. Rhys is the love interest. And Carey was the only one I thought was worthwhile. He’s an ex-high school drug dealer (but not druggie) – the type of kid who is arrogant and too smart for his own good. And when the world collapses, he is a leader who is willing to make the hard decisions (including, terrifyingly, preparing to sacrifice Harrison to make it to safety. (view spoiler)[Too bad he dies while Sloane and Rhys survive. Because of course the couple survives. (hide spoiler)]
Summers also doesn’t make this as claustrophobic enough. Everyone felt stupid and annoying and panicky instead of tense. And also these kids were alone with nothing to do in this high school for weeks and still they never talked to each other. They should know each other better than anyone else, and yet there’s constantly new personal information coming up. That was weird. But I guess then Summers would actually have to develop her characters.
Trace I just wanted to punch in the goddamned face all the time. God, was he annoying. I know losing your parents is traumatic, but he was never going to survive in this new world because he couldn’t let go and couldn’t move on and it would’ve killed him in the end.
Oh, and the kids were so stupid when it came to the possibly-zombied teacher who showed up in the school. I know killing in cold blood is hard but this is a guy you KNOW is lying to you, who you KNOW is endangering you by having a secret passage into the school he isn’t telling you about and who is already five steps into crazy. They really should’ve tortured/threatened/bribed him into talking. And they shouldn’t have let him go. That is not a kindness. Especially when he is a continued threat. Maybe if Carey was allowed to make more decisions instead of dealing with Trace’s shit that wouldn’t have happened.
This is standard zombie fare, in the sense that there are a lot of common tropes that come up. The protagonist kills the person they love the most after they become zombified. There’s the fear that one of the group has been infected. There’s the sacrifice.
Oh, and of course we never find out the how or why of the zombification. Or what happened to the rest of the world. The kids were holed up in that school for weeks, though. How did the zombies not starve to death? Seriously, zombies are crap at catching prey and would’ve quickly wiped out all the available resources. And they aren’t plants that can survive on sunshine and rainwater alone. There should’ve been far fewer zombies to deal with by that point (if any – this town isn’t very big). ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Wow, this is bad. Afterschool-special bad. Paper-thin characterization, already outdated pop culture references and huge obvious moral messages bad.
TWow, this is bad. Afterschool-special bad. Paper-thin characterization, already outdated pop culture references and huge obvious moral messages bad.
The idea is not terrible: vampirization is not caused by infection, but instead is genetic and is “switched” on sometime during teenagehood. When that happens, the new vampires have to go to special vampire boarding schools. Cheesy? Yes. But it had potential.
Too bad it was incredibly dull and the narrator had an “authentic” teen voice in the sense that it read like the diary entries of a not-particularly-bright teenager. The BEST parts were the random “be good!” messages. Like: “she wasn’t thin like the freak girls who puked & starved themselves into what they thought was Paris Hilton chic (“That’s Hott.” Yeah, okay, whatever Paris)…she had great boobs (I wish I had great boobs)…Speaking of boobs—I was totally sounding like one. (Boob…hee hee).” I mean, what the hell?!?! How did this even get published? It’s like mediocre fan fiction, meant to be published for free on the internet!
Other gems: “the cheaper see-through shirts that overpriced Abercrombie tries to make us believe aren’t slutty” and “I’d stood up to peer pressure and for years said no to even the most polite offers to try one of those gross-looking homemade joints that get passed around at parties and whatnot. (I mean, please. Is that even sanitary? And just exactly why would I want to do a drug that made me want to obsessively eat fattening snack foods).” This is BLATANT messaging to The Kids These Days. Don't do drugs! Stay in school! Don't develop eating disorders!
The worst part is the Cast's portrayal of the gay character, Damien. It’s like the authors wanted to have a gay character to be “relevant” but had never actually met anyone who was gay. They make a BIG DEAL about the fact that Damien is not what they would consider too gay. Like, he’s not a “swishy girly-guy” (!!!!). I thought “swishy” was a term they made up for Ugly Betty (for when Mark came out to his mother)! I did not know that was an actual slur!! And WTF?!?!? Why would the author write this?!?! Because they were going entirely off stereotypes. I mean, it’s not like anyone comes off as very well-developed in this story. But how the authors talk about Damien is actually kinda offensive. ...more