I won the last book (Hurt) which kinda sucked, because... well it's the last book and who wants to read the final book of a series first? However, I w...moreI won the last book (Hurt) which kinda sucked, because... well it's the last book and who wants to read the final book of a series first? However, I was really grateful to receive all four of the books and tore through them all.
I will just say that I think he is a good writer, really. However, I just think the stories are a bit too formulaic and then little bits of weird things are thrown in to spice it up that just don't make sense or are left unfinished.
Very predictable story about a boy who does not like God, hates his dad who found God, and pretty much thinks people who have faith are dumb. However, through events that transpire he will probably start to have faith and then go all Godly. It's not marked as Christian Fiction on the back for shelving, but I'm finding online reviews are shelving it that way. My particular package came with pamphlets about how I can be a soldier for Christ (something like that, and to be fair it's the publisher and not the author) which made made me weary. Someone complained that it was "pushed" on them - I didn't feel that way at all. Once I knew what I was reading, I took the story as it was and could look past the bible verses.
What I really disliked most (although it was a little creative but executed poorly) was the author added a "dessert" which is advertised as a little bonus section after you read. It's just his iPod list. Booo.
I like a lot of the songs that isn't the problem, but I thought this was a little pretentious. There are several created playlists for the books, and then one was pretty arrogant enough to include a play list "For the Movie" and then adds to the list several other songs - including songs from other movie soundtracks like Donnie Darko. No. Don't touch my Donnie Darko! ;)
Even one of the chapters quotes too much of Mad World (Gary Jules style, and not Tears for Fears although they are mentioned several times in the other books).
Overall, great story telling, intriguing environments, great details and imagery, just a little messy in some parts.(less)
I do not read manga... but this I had to because I thoroughly enjoyed the drama series and the beautiful movie. The movie made me cry so hard! I found...moreI do not read manga... but this I had to because I thoroughly enjoyed the drama series and the beautiful movie. The movie made me cry so hard! I found the manga by searching online for it, and someone had generously uploaded all the volumes. My very first manga! ;)(less)