I am kinda torn about what I want to give this book. On its own I would give it a 3 I suppose. I was interested the whole time and I thought Nickie waI am kinda torn about what I want to give this book. On its own I would give it a 3 I suppose. I was interested the whole time and I thought Nickie was a likable character.
However, I want to give it a much lower rating (like a 1) because I am so very annoyed that she made this the third Ember book. In reality, this book is barely connected to the first two. This book takes place about 300 years before the first one. It is about a girl who visits a small town in North Carolina where a crazy religious group is forcing its citizens to give up things that are important to them in order to prevent the end of the world (something we pretty much know occurs because of the first two books). The only way it is related to this first two Ember books at all is in the last 2 pages. That's it. I guess if this were the last Ember book it wouldn't annoy me so much, but being placed smack dab in the middle of the series it feels all wrong to me.
At first I would say it is like Stephenie Meyer writing a story about Edward's grandparents (with a brief mention of Edward's birth) and classifying it as a Twilight book. But thinking upon it more, it is even worse that that. It is more like J.K. Rowling writing the first five Harry Potter books, then instead of having the sixth book be about Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts, she writes about a person (maybe a wizard, maybe not) 300 years in the past and briefly connects it back to the story. Then publishing a seventh book that goes back to being about Harry Potter (and his sixth year). It feels way disjointed and irrelevant.
I guess I really missed Lina and Doon and didn't feel like their story is over. Thankfully, the fourth book is their story and I am excited to continue on it. I can only hope that somehow this third book will be relevant to the fourth. Otherwise...I may become even more annoyed. If that is even possible.
Due to all of this I am going in the middle and giving it a 2....more
One of my closest friends gave this to me for Christmas. Honestly, she gave me the first book of a few series and I read them all (and loved them all)One of my closest friends gave this to me for Christmas. Honestly, she gave me the first book of a few series and I read them all (and loved them all) along with the other books in their series. After reading the back of this book, however, I just couldn't get myself to read it. I don't know what it was that put me off...but I was not feeling the synopsis.
Well...for some reason I decided to just read it today. As I began to read it...I wasn't sold. I found my mind drifting (something it does when a text doesn't engage me). There were things I really hated about it. First, the main character, Zoey, can sound EXTREMELY immature for a 16-year-old. Case in point, she giggles at the word "boobie." What 16-year-old says the word boobie anyway? Another thing that really bothered me was the swearing. No word is too vulgar for this book (including words that reference both male and female anatomy). This leads into an addition aspect that bothered me in this book...its sexuality. There is a lot of sexual references that are pretty specific. Finally, the Casts (mother and daughter authors) apparently think that the best writing is uber realistic even if that means mentioning urinating, menstruating, and bowel movements (especially the explosive kind).
All this leads up to me wondering what the heck audience they were going for. I certainly wouldn't want my teenagers reading this, as even I was uncomfortable at times (and I wouldn't consider myself a prude).
Moreover I felt the Casts were extremely lazy in providing any sort of explanation or rationalization for the cause of vampyrism. Mostly I spent a lot of time wondering if they lived in the word as we know it. It was clear that humans knew about the vampyres and the characters would randomly mention famous people who were vampyres (Shakespeare, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Nicole Kidman, etc...notice the Country music theme. It does take place in Oklahoma after all). Anyway, it was like the whole world knew these people were vampyres and it just bugged me that the Casts used our world when it wasn't really our world. It just made it confusing. Instead they should have explained how at a certain point...humans became aware of vampyres. It would have made it so much more believable in my opinion.
Now...don't get me wrong. I did give this book 3 stars which means overall I did like it. And...truth be told...despite all of its flaws I really did like it. Mostly the romance between Erik and Zoey saves it from total desolation. I eventually became sucked in hoping that something would develop between the two. I also found Zoey's friends to be wonderfully funny and enjoyable. I especially like Damien's sense of humor. So...despite all of its flaws, it eventually caught my attention and kept me engaged. Enough to read it all in one sitting.
I picked up this book in the airport after forgetting to bring one. It was right before the movie came out. I have a love/hate relationship with StephI picked up this book in the airport after forgetting to bring one. It was right before the movie came out. I have a love/hate relationship with Stephen King and so I began it tentatively. I ate it up. It is a pretty short book, and I finished it within a few hours. I really enjoyed it. However, it could not last. Like many of Stephen King's novels, the ending fell flat on its face. Stephen King escapes answering any of the many questions that his novels bring up and then puts it on the reader. I once read an interview with him where he stated he likes making ambiguous endings so as to not over prescribe. Well...I hate that. It bothers me. Maybe I have no imagination, but I feel authors have a responsibility to at least give me an ending. Regardless, I did enjoy this book. I also enjoyed the movie, which did give me an ending (and I appreciated it). ...more
So I realize most people will gasp in horror at my rating. Don't get me wrong...I really enjoyed the first 160 pages of this book. After that, it gotSo I realize most people will gasp in horror at my rating. Don't get me wrong...I really enjoyed the first 160 pages of this book. After that, it got painful. The parts where Winston is reading from the book were nearly unbearable. I was so beyond bored I had to force myself to keep reading. Once he was finished it went back to being more interesting, but still never really caught my attention again. It was ok. Like I said....more