**spoiler alert** I finished it rather quickly and was surprised at how fast I read this book, considering that I did most of the reading while commut**spoiler alert** I finished it rather quickly and was surprised at how fast I read this book, considering that I did most of the reading while commuting to work. It was fun to read a thriller after a long time. Maybe, that is the secret, I like what the genre has to offer but only if I take it in small, infrequent doses. Most of the time, I need some fantasy mixed with my mystery.
Some minor quibbles that I had with the book: Jack started sounding like his mentor, Dom, as he started to get old. I think the author caught on to that early in the story and made the similarity go away.
Unnecessary details, such as when Jackie was taken to the hospital and had multiple surgeries. I know that it was important for us to know that happened. I just don't know why it was equally important to know how it happened. Needless to say, I skimmed some of those pages.
The murderer's identity was a big letdown. I figured why Kid moved away in the first place right when it happened even though it took until the end of the book to be revealed. That is why I was surprised why the murdered would be who-they-were.
No idea why when it took Jack all his life to stop blaming himself for not being able to save his mom, he found it relatively easy to not feel guilty over the deaths of his wife and almost-adopted son.
What I Liked:
Dom was my favorite character and I would have liked to read more about him. I checked but no spin-offs/prequels etc. I guess UF has me spoiled when it comes to characters' backstories and such.
I loved how Jackie dealt with his fear of heights and how it was always present in his life.
A few images of the mythological Icarus on whom the title of this book is based:
I bought my copy of this book from Online Books Outlet. It was in sufficiently good condition, considering it was a used book. Go here to see the rest of my book haul!
My Edition is Prettier Thanks to Online Books Outlet and a Review! So the amazing part about having read this book has nothing to do with the book itsMy Edition is Prettier Thanks to Online Books Outlet and a Review! So the amazing part about having read this book has nothing to do with the book itself. It was a personal achievement of finishing a 500-page long book in a day like I used to in the good old days. I thought I had lost that talent but it was just me being over-dramatic In short:
About the Book:
I liked it! It took me by surprise. Granted, I was sitting and waiting to get my documents attested by HEC at that moment and anything, even a Chinese food menu would have sounded good. (For those of you who do not how agonizing and aggravating this visit can be, it is akin to a day wasted at the DMV or so it seems on tv).
The book may have been written for a YA audience in mind but it kept me entertained even when I returned home (unsuccessful, I'd like to mention).
I really dug the level of violence that was included in the book because it only reinforced the idea that Stoker tried to get across to his readers. Vampires are unnatural and completely other-than-human.
The author went the extra mile when they included how the majority of the bloodsucking population was kept docile by pumping them full of drugs. The practicality of the situation hits home when we discover that the source of that drug is a vamp who gets all his supply from the very organization that is supposed to be hunting him and his kind!
Another part that I really loved was how natural it felt that the original vampire hunters would be the foundation of a vampire hunting organization. They had promised to stay vigilant, after all. Only now they could do it with the government's resources on their side.
Now for the nitpicking
The inner monologues of all the characters sounded quite similar, which took away from how much I had been enjoying the book. Maybe the author could have just shown us the actions when it came to the others and only left the monologues for the MC?
I found the inclusion of some parts to be unnecessary. This includes the appearance of the werewolves. Why throw a couple of werewolves in a story that was completely about vampires? Why do it close to the end as an afterthought or a gimmick?
The biggest issue of them all was why were the vampire generals after Jamie in the first place. Just as in those cartoons where a villain wants to destroy the world, there was no clue behind their leechy motivations.
A minor turn off happened as I read the vampire ball scene. It was too reminiscent of the one from the movie, Van Helsing, and completely unsurprising.
Kate's gown tho!
A fun book that tries to stay true to the work that it is inspired by. Give this one a try! I can't really end this review without mentioning the best vampire series that I have read, can I? Read this one if you don't read any other vampire books ever.
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this book thoroughly for so many reasons:
1. It is a slim volume not even 130 pages long. I think the short length works in**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this book thoroughly for so many reasons:
1. It is a slim volume not even 130 pages long. I think the short length works in favor of the book, making it funnier.
2. It is so funny! The humor reminded me of Roald Dahl who is an all-time favorite of mine.
3. It has all these sly references thrown in with the humor that doubled the fun. I found mentions of Schrodinger's experiment, Quantum Theory, and the Uncertainty Principle. I'm not saying that they made sense; I'm just saying they were used in a clever, funny way.
4. Because cats. We love ours and thankfully, I now know that she is a Real cat.
All the weird cattish things that she does are mentioned in this book. It all makes sense now.
Like why was Bast called Bast.
Why Arch-villain's cats can't be real:
I mean, look at them!
However, now I kind of feel like the cartoon fish who has seen everything:
5. It made going to work in the mornings much more fun!
6. It is a treasury of quotable quotes. Witness:
7. The illustrations only made the book funnier:
If you have a cat and are still mystified at the things your cat does, then you need to read this book. If you are in doubt of the Realness of your feline, this book is for you too! If you are neither and have some time on your hands, read this book because it will make you laugh.
P.S. This is the first of the 13 books that I bought from Online Books Outlet. The book was almost new but with the old book smell that I love. Really affordable prices and quick delivery too! Another bookseller to add to my list....more
**spoiler alert** Sad at How This One Turned Out First off, I requested this book from the author in 2012 and have just gotten around to reviewing it.**spoiler alert** Sad at How This One Turned Out First off, I requested this book from the author in 2012 and have just gotten around to reviewing it. I want to apologize for that and thank them for giving me an opportunity to read their work.Once upon a time, I had read the Funeral Crashing series by the same author. I was charmed by how refreshing it was, which was why I wanted to read this book. Sadly, this one didn't wow me at all.
All the issues that I have had with most YA books resurfaced as I read this:The MC was a girl who was not cool or popular enough.She fell for the most popular guy at school.There was instant attraction between them.She kept making stupid decisions that endangered her life every time.She inner-monologues a lot and worried about crushing on a guy while the whole world came down around her.Moreover, there were other issues specific to this book and not the genre it belongs to:It was too short to be called a novel and yet it has a sequel.It does not seem like YA to me but something meant for even younger kids.What I am interested in:How the author will make a blood-sucking doppelganger come off in a good light. It'd be something to see!What kind of monsters the doppelgangers turn out to be.If I end up reading the sequel, I am going to look at some reviews first and then decide if I want to satisfy my curiosity that badly. This book isn't for me but like I said, middle-graders might like it.
**spoiler alert** Vindicated! So, I started this book a few days ago with much misgivings. Turns out, I was right. I had the same ol' issues that I ha**spoiler alert** Vindicated! So, I started this book a few days ago with much misgivings. Turns out, I was right. I had the same ol' issues that I have always had while reading King:a) I find the descriptions too lengthy b) I realize every time that there is such a thing as too much tell and less show, just as there can be too much of showing and not enough telling c) I am never able to root for or even remotely care for the characters
I don't know if I will be continuing with the series! I just wish Idris Elba will help make up for my disappointment!
Elba as Gunslinger
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