This book was such a disappointment. I know Aguirre is capable of much better story-telling so I'm not sure what went wrong here.
I hated Edie. She was...moreThis book was such a disappointment. I know Aguirre is capable of much better story-telling so I'm not sure what went wrong here.
I hated Edie. She was insufferable. I wanted to love her but it never happened, especially after her unrealistic confidence boost once her first wish was granted. I feel like her character just wasn't relatable. I'm also disappointed that Aguirre perpetuated some really negative themes in this book; that socially-defined physical beauty is admirable/desirable and revenge is acceptable...I don't know, I really wanted to see Edie be a better person than that but it didn't happen.
I didn't have as much of a problem with the "instalove" between Kian and Edie as others seemed to. I would expound on why but I don't want to turn this review into a soapbox on how and why real-life relationships often do resemble those found in books.
Overall I just had a real problem with how this book was written. The prose didn't flow. It was terribly choppy and even lofty at times...I'm having a hard time explaining it. It took several detours into Creeptasticville and I enjoyed the legend and lore aspects, but the writing itself was just subpar. Not sure it's a series I'll continue. :((less)
I haven't been as into this series as I thought/hoped I would be. Not sure why...the writing is good, the story is good, but for some reason books 1-3...moreI haven't been as into this series as I thought/hoped I would be. Not sure why...the writing is good, the story is good, but for some reason books 1-3 were just "ok" for me. All that changed with this book.
It was swoony, it was action-packed, it was GOOD. I have loved the progression of Daemon's character from annoying jackass to loveable...well...jackass, hah. I also feel like Katy has matured too; her rashness in the previous books felt very immature and stupid sometimes, but now I feel like she's really growing into a character I can relate to. I wasn't sure at first about the switch to dual POV but it worked. And the introduction of Archer's character? Well, I might have a little crush on his mysterious self. Don't ask and don't hate. I always fall for the less obvious guy it seems... Can't wait to see how his character develops.
I saw the twist near the end (with Dawson) coming from a mile away but I'm very interested to see how that revelation is addressed in book 5. I think my favorite part of the book, and the series, was how honest Katy, Daemon, and Dawson all were about how far they would go for the ones they loved. That's REAL - when you can admit that you'd sacrifice someone you love for someone you love MORE. People don't ever really talk about things like that because it seems so wrong...but that's true human emotion. It's dirty and gritty and not always black and white. I'm glad JLA wasn't afraid to take it there.(less)
Meh again. I just can't seem to get into this series and I can't tell if it's the author's writing or just the story or both or something else. I don'...moreMeh again. I just can't seem to get into this series and I can't tell if it's the author's writing or just the story or both or something else. I don't know. It's not BAD but it's not really good either.(less)
This book was, sadly, so "meh" for me. I didn't like much about it, except for the main character Cia's sense of morality and compassion. Everything e...moreThis book was, sadly, so "meh" for me. I didn't like much about it, except for the main character Cia's sense of morality and compassion. Everything else felt lackluster, particularly the weird romance that developed between her and Tomas. The similarity to The Hunger Games was definitely there, but this story lacked interest and intrigue in a way THG did not.
I do plan to read the sequel in hopes that getting more info about the people and reasoning behind the Testing will be more interesting than the Testing itself. We'll see.(less)
THIS. This is how you write the second novel in a series. J.R. Johansson is such a talented author - I've known that for a while but PARANOIA just cem...moreTHIS. This is how you write the second novel in a series. J.R. Johansson is such a talented author - I've known that for a while but PARANOIA just cemented that fact. I've been a disappointed by a lot of the sophomore efforts I've read lately, but I feel like this book has given me the strength to make it through. What a breath of fresh air.
In PARANOIA we find ourselves back in the (often creepy) life of Parker, a Night Walker who can only find sleep in the dreams of others. In this book we find out so much more about the Night Walkers (there are 3 types/classes) and about Parker himself. We also get to watch how he handles that most difficult side of his personality, Darkness - and we get tons of insight into who the mysterious Jack from the last book really is, as well as some info on where Parker's absentee dad has been and what he's been up to. Ms. Johansson does a wonderful job of really setting up what the next book(s) will be about - which is new, because the story's direction wasn't nearly as clear after the first book. (Not that that's a bad thing, necessarily - I actually liked not being sure where Parker would take us next.)
There's so much conflict. So much. But in the best possible way. I loved that this book was easy. It was messy and gritty and hard and heart-breaking. But it was also redeeming. I loved this read. And J.R. Has joined the ranks of the very rare and elite (Marissa Meyer, Tahereh Mafi, E.J. Stevens) who have managed not to suffer from the much dreaded sophomore slump.
This book...I don't know. It was slightly disappointing, I guess. I wish there was a way to rid the world of novels of the awful "sophomore slump" phe...moreThis book...I don't know. It was slightly disappointing, I guess. I wish there was a way to rid the world of novels of the awful "sophomore slump" phenomenon because it seems to happen way to often.
Most of this story - probably the first 3/4 of the book - was pretty uninteresting. I mean, it held my attention, but just barely. There was no real excitement, nothing to create much attachment. Surprisingly, despite the considerable length, I didn't feel like it was a long book. Which is made even more surprising by the rather mediocre storyline.
Mediocre. I feel like that's too harsh a word to describe how I felt about Mila's story in this book but I don't know how else to put it. Unlike some of my acquaintances, I found Hunter to be rather annoying. His character seemed rather insincere...but maybe I'm just mad at him for his initial reaction to Mila's secret, haha. As for Mila, she was pretty annoying too...I so wanted her to buck up and just spill the beans to Hunter. Can't blame him for feeling betrayed since she lied for so long. But at the same time, I thought Mila was relatable...and while I disagreed with it, I totally understood her decision at the end of the book.
One thing this book DIDN'T lack was a hell of a cliffhanger. Looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book now that some questions have been answered, some secrets have been revealed, and even more have been created.(less)