I looooooove the cover. And I liked the story itself quite a bit, too. But skimming through other reviews, I honestly feel like I read a different booI looooooove the cover. And I liked the story itself quite a bit, too. But skimming through other reviews, I honestly feel like I read a different book than everyone else. I'm not a huge fan of the type of storytelling used here—it was very passive and removed; you could feel the narrator, somewhat inconsistently, as a separate entity rather than the characters themselves narrating (though I think it was supposed to be in limited third; it was confusing). I prefer the characters to be telling their own story. I think that's why I wasn't able to fully get lost in the story, despite how much I liked what was going on. And the punctuation was a mess. I suspect some strong copyediting could have cleared up most of the problems with the punctuation and dialogue and other cosmetic stuff.
I'm also not sure how much I buy Matt's immediate comfort with all the butt stuff. That didn't seem genuine given that he hadn't mentioned anything about that stuff before. And the hurried love declarations were very much 1940’s-movie.
But still, the forbidden love thing is always a win. And did I mention the cover?...more
No. Nope. Nope. Almost like a switch was flipped, this "book" irritated me from page one (and by "book," I mean Jory (and Sam (and everyoneDNF at 40%
No. Nope. Nope. Almost like a switch was flipped, this "book" irritated me from page one (and by "book," I mean Jory (and Sam (and everyone else))). I really didn't mind his perfection in book 1, but it grated on me immediately in this. And wow, Sam is a dickhead. There's really no other way to describe him. It makes their on-again off-again relationship really unsympathetic. (And I love a good jerk of a guy, but Sam was too jerky.)
What I honestly think happened here was that after I finished "book 1," I discovered, in a haze of confusion, that it wasn't really the first book of a series but the first quarter of a book that was so extraordinarily long (view spoiler)[SO MUCH IRRELEVANT STUFF INCLUDED (hide spoiler)] that it was divided into multiple books. I can handle a badly written but moderately fun book if it isn't too long. But I barely have patience for very well written books that are as long as books 1 through 4, let alone something that's just going on and on, has terrible characters, a nonexistent plot, and crappy editing. No bueno.
There's just so much to complain about that I'll stop here.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Wow, this book is a hot mess. There's so much stuff included that doesn't seem to have anything to do with the actual plot, w3.5 rounded down to a 3.
Wow, this book is a hot mess. There's so much stuff included that doesn't seem to have anything to do with the actual plot, which I can't actually find (I think maybe there isn't a plot...), there's so much tell instead of show, there are so many punctuation errors... What a huge mess. But I do like Jory quite a bit (despite how stupidly perfect he is; I'm basically thinking him of as a Disney princess, at this point), and the writing—even with the messy punctuation and rambling—is amusing and engaging. I somehow bought "Volume 1," which includes books 1 and 2, so I will continue on to read book 2 (particularly since book 1 wrapped up exactly nothing), but there's some likelihood I would have read book 2, anyway, regardless of my complaints. I know how popular the series is, so I'm hoping that a lot of the problems will disappear as she becomes a more mature writer and gets a better editor....more
Fairly depressing, very authentic-feeling (and very hopeful in the end). The author has a real way with words—lots of subtle laugh-out-loud moments. DFairly depressing, very authentic-feeling (and very hopeful in the end). The author has a real way with words—lots of subtle laugh-out-loud moments. Dade isn't perfect, but no high school kid (or adult) is, and I don't need my stories to have squeaky perfect protagonists or secondary characters (which is good—the story was filled with imperfect people). The whole thing worked very well for me, despite (because of?) the characters' flaws. There were a lot of painful parts, and Dade's insecurities grated a little, but I'm pretty sure I was filled with insecurity as a teenager—I can't really hold someone else's against them. Solid coming-of-age/coming out story....more
2.5 rounded up to a 3. The writing, as always, was good (atmosphere, turn of phrase). But the story itself was weird. It left me a bit perplexed. I lo2.5 rounded up to a 3. The writing, as always, was good (atmosphere, turn of phrase). But the story itself was weird. It left me a bit perplexed. I love Harper's stuff, and I'll read it all, but this was not my favorite thing of hers. It's nice to see an attempt at a unique perspective when it comes to the paranormal aspects of the story, but I had a hard time following what was going on--the mythology was murky and I don't really get it, even in retrospect. Also, the first part of the story with Burdo was only tenuously connected to the second half. Baffling. Just kinda baffled all around....more
I happened on this book by sheer luck, and I'm so pleased. It was so good. I'd call it somewhere between New Adult and Young Adu4.5 rounded up to a 5.
I happened on this book by sheer luck, and I'm so pleased. It was so good. I'd call it somewhere between New Adult and Young Adult, and it's definitely a Coming of Age. I liked awkward Connor as the protagonist, and though a lot of other reviewers disliked Jared, I thought he was okay. Yeah, some of his behavior is not exactly gold-star, but if it were, where would be the story? They both acted like college kids—college kids don't have the answers to everything or the benefit of years' worth of experience. Sometimes they're jerks or too forgiving or too awkward or a million other things. Doesn't make them less real. So, Jared wasn't perfect, but he didn't annoy me to distraction.
Good secondary characters. I really admire how the author was able to frame 90% of Connor's thoughts in terms of music. Either she's a musician, too, or she did some serious homework—impressive, whatever the case.
Good stuff. I'll definitely check out her other books....more