I just could not get past the very poor quality of writing and extremely confusing perpetual shift of narrative tense. It was just too distracting....moreDNF
I just could not get past the very poor quality of writing and extremely confusing perpetual shift of narrative tense. It was just too distracting. I was never able to feel connected to the story because I was so busy deciphering the shifts from past and present tenses. It was like one of those bad dreams where you seem to be separated from everything by a thin veil, making what is truly happening fuzzy and difficult to comprehend.
I hope I can enjoy this author's Of War series better. (less)
I'm terribly conflicted in my feelings for this book. You see, I was so excited to begin reading. I received this book in a Secret Santa exchange and immediately fell in love with its gorgeous appearance.The hardback version of Miss Peregrine's is stunningly beautiful with its superb dust jacket artwork, inclusion of vintage photographs and letters in each chapter, and smooth, luxurious pages. The publisher succeeded in making the packaging alone worthy of today's high prices. However in the growing cover lust market it seems more focus is being put on making an outwardly beautiful book with less emphasis on the quality of its content. The old adage, "Don't judge a book by its cover," could not be truer here and ultimately leads to an experience that is downright disappointing.
Theintriguing premise along with the deliciously macabre vintage photos makes for perpetually limitless peculiar plot possibilities. Yes, I'm a fan of alliteration. With this seemingly bottomless well of literary wealth, how the hell did Riggs completely miss the mark? Let me explain.
I'm the sort of reader who loves a deeply visceral and emotionally engaging read. The superficial appearance of Miss Peregrine's along with all the sparkling reviews led me to believe my experience would be like this:
When in actuality, It ended up being more like this...
Scary monsters huh? Cool...
So what happened? The storytelling is at first pleasantly creepy and the inclusion of the strange and disturbing photos made it that much better. I anticipated being drawn in deeper and waited patiently for the core plot to be revealed. To my surprise, and dismay, the actual action/conflict doesn't begin until the last 100 pages! This subsequently led to the author shoving me down a hill and leaving me with brief glimpses of depth as I tumbled toward the end. The first half of the book sets you up and slowly reels you in with cleverly deceptive photographs that never quite pay off and are often awkwardly placed. This ends up slowing the story down considerably rather than enhancing it. The farther I got into the story, the more I cringed each time Riggs planted another photo op. If that wasn't frustrating enough, certain plot twists happen way too late in the story cutting off any actual character development.
Speaking of characters, I enjoyed Jacob's snarky wit and general dry attitude up until he turns into one of the freaking Hardy Boys (with much less sleuthing ability) halfway though. Jacob takes the express route from charmingly cynical to dauntingly featherbrained. I won't go into depth on the shallow secondary characters and their even shallower relationships with Jacob, but yeah... Very unconvincing to say the least.
The sporadic and often random spurts of gore miss unsettling and go straight to just plain awkward. I don't mind gruesome details, but if you are going to do graphic then be consistent! The majority of the book is spent picnicking, making out with an eighty year old teen, and arguing the pros and cons of terrorizing a sweet little village in a time loop. So when out of the blue disemboweled sheep (and people) appear, the general impression comes off as an afterthought.
Finally, I have to say...WHERE THE F*** ARE ALL THE CHILDREN? We are tantalized with creepy photographs of the peculiar children from beginning to end and are introduced to barely any of them! This wouldn't have been such a big deal if I had just gotten even a whiff of the disturbing clown faced twins! There are two separate instances where Jacob finds a picture of them and they are just so damn creepy you would think Riggs wouldn't pass up the chance to use them to his advantage. But no! Not even an honorable mention is made throughout the entire book. Some of the more off-the-wall peculiars are a real treat and helped keep me interested, but this fact alone was not enough to save Miss Peregrine's for me.
The Final Verdict: A promising premise is poorly executed. If only an actual writer had written this... (less)
Another forgettable addition to the Stephanie Plum franchise.
Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of the series, but let's be honest with each other here. It's been going on for a while now and functions solely on the same Plumy formula. I wish Janet would mix it up a bit, give it some new element to keep it going. I will still keep reading the series, it's just not as good as it once was. I almost feel like I'm reading the same story over and over. Steph unwillingly gets dragged into helping one of her friends solve a mystery. She hunts a handful of skips that evade her easily, but always get their due at the end. Oh yes and don't forget about the 3 or 4 cars she demolishes in each volume. Same old Steph here ladies and gentlemen, not much new.
Luckily for Evanovich, the jokes are still funny, though still more of the same, and her characters are so enjoyable, most fans will continue reading on. Like me. (less)
This was not bad, but not great either. I felt like a lot of the places we visited with Sookie in this book we'd seen before many times. More pack meetings, hostile makers, crazed vamps, and disgruntled humans. This could have been better, especially with the amazing material she wrote in the previous volume. There were so many plot threads and directions she could have gone with this. I'm thinking with how this series is going plot wise, we are looking at it wrapping up pretty soon.
Whew! I am very glad to be done with the existing Sooie books as i have been intending to catch up with this series for a while now. All I can think of after reading this is that, there are so many other series I would rather b reading right now. :-( (less)
The Sookie series seems a little long and drawn out to me, so I was not too terribly excited about reading this one. However, once I got going I remem...moreThe Sookie series seems a little long and drawn out to me, so I was not too terribly excited about reading this one. However, once I got going I remembered the ease with which the books seem to fly by and started to enjoy myself. I have to say Quinn is not one of my favorite characters, though he is a nice guy. (view spoiler)[Not surprisingly I was glad when she broke up with him. I really like her and Eric and would love to see them together in later books as i have gotten hints that they are (hide spoiler)] The pacing was great in this and the family revelations that Sookie gets are both exciting and sad.
I find it interesting how the show correlates with the books as some of the things that have already happened in the show are just now happening in the books. I guess that much can be expected out of a tv show though I wish they would be more loyal to the original time line. I enjoyed this one and think that it got me out of my Sookie rut. ["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Honestly I'm not sure what to think of this book. It wasn't near as good as The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons, however, it wasn't bad either. I f...moreHonestly I'm not sure what to think of this book. It wasn't near as good as The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons, however, it wasn't bad either. I felt a lot of the "facts" and plot points were a little contrived and unpolished and the interpretations of some of the bibilical passages were sketchy at best. This book is ambitious and really tries to make a point about human potential, but in my case I just came out feeling duped. I enjoyed the writing and the hisotry of the "not so secret" societies, but this won't be one that I will reccommed to friends and family. He can do much better than this. (less)
Not bad. I enjoy reading this author when she writes under Nora Roberts and decided to give her sci-fi "In Death" series. The first has caught my inte...moreNot bad. I enjoy reading this author when she writes under Nora Roberts and decided to give her sci-fi "In Death" series. The first has caught my interest. Usually, when writing as Roberts, she tends to follow a specific formula, especially in her trilogies. However, I found that although a new formula seems to be introduced, it is very fresh and fun. These for serious novels lean towards the flavor of an episode of Law and Order SVU with a generous helping of romance. The male lead is an interesting twist on her usual sweet natured prince charming archetype. Roarke is strong, sexy, and in charge. The kind of dark hero we ladies crave. Great kick-off, great lead-up and great ending. I will definitely give the next installment a go. (less)