This book was such a huge disappointment for me. I have been in the mood to dive into a good Dystopian story for a while and since I had heard good th...moreThis book was such a huge disappointment for me. I have been in the mood to dive into a good Dystopian story for a while and since I had heard good things about Dark Inside, I eagerly dove into this one with high expectations.
The book got off to a good start. The basic premise of the end of world arriving via earthquakes, explosions and mass hysteria is an intriguing one. It's told from the POV of 4 different characters, and I liked how we got to see the beginning of the end through differing viewpoints. However, the writing style felt very stilted and disjointed from the first chapter. I was hoping it was something I would get used to as the book went on, but I really couldn't. Also, the way some people were infected with a rage-inducing 'virus' reminded me too much of the origins of the zombie infections from 28 Days Later.
My biggest problem was that I just didn't care about the characters. They felt very two-dimensional to me. And for me, it's impossible to really enjoy a book if I can't at least connect with the characters on some level.(less)
I was a HUGE fan of the first book of The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series, This Dark Endeavor. That book was chock full of genuinely cree...moreI was a HUGE fan of the first book of The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series, This Dark Endeavor. That book was chock full of genuinely creepy surprises, and I loved the whole Gothic, claustrophobic feel of the story.
Unfortunately, this book seems to suffer from "2nd Book Syndrome". Which is what I call the annoying trend of sequels never living up to the awesomeness of the first book in a series. I have been running into this quite a bit lately, and it's more than a little depressing.
While the overall story was enjoyable, there were several times that I did find myself rolling my eyes while reading about the adventures of Victor, Henry and Elizabeth. While the first book did have it's intense moments, I feel like Such Wicked Intent went more for the gross-out factor, then for the much more satisfying uber-creepiness that was found in TDE.
Victor was a cocky SOB from the beginning, but his un-likability level went up a bit in this book, and I found it hard to root for someone so hell-bent on self-destruction.
But, even though i did have several issues with the book...this series is still quite entertaining, and one that I hope the author decides to continue.
This book was a mixed bag for me. I struggled to get through it, so much so that it took me 3 tries before I actually succeeded.
Part of my problem with the book was that i had a very hard time accepting Daemon as a hero and a leading man. Yes, he was cute and had some good one liners, but he was also incredibly mean at times. He might has had his reasons for what he did, but honestly, he came off more as a bully than an appealing leading man.
Katy was a strong woman (and i loved that she was a book blogger), but as strong as she was she still somehow managed to fall under Daemon's spell no matter how often he treated her like crap.
Not a huge fan of the alien aspect, but it ended up being a somewhat interesting twist.(less)
*Synopsis* While taking his little sister Aubrey to a fair in a nearby town, 17 yr old Jackson finds himself lost. He stumbles into a town that...more5 stars
*Synopsis* While taking his little sister Aubrey to a fair in a nearby town, 17 yr old Jackson finds himself lost. He stumbles into a town that at first seems deserted, and then suddenly bristling with life. And the people of the strange town soon make it clear that leaving is not an option.
*Thoughts* After winning a copy of this book through LibraryThing.com, I had initially sat down to read the first chapter or two just to get a feel for the story. The next thing I knew, it was 2 hours later, and I hadn't moved or looked away from the book once in that time.
This book completely blew me away. The story line was fast paced, the characters were well developed and relateable. The entire book felt like a really awesome episode of The Twilight Zone...which in my world is a *very* good thing.
*Bottom Line* Hands down the best dystopian novel I have ever read. I can't wait to get my hands on the 2nd book in the series, Lost.