I received an advanced reader copy of this book in December and finally got a chance to read it right before the New Year.
The book has a very cute preI received an advanced reader copy of this book in December and finally got a chance to read it right before the New Year.
The book has a very cute premise: A calico cat is accidentally turned into a vampire when he is attacked by a half-starved newly turned vampire. The story is told from the point of view of "Patch" the cat.
I can see the intended humor in the book and some of it is chuckle-worthy. The author clearly has a cat (or two) of his own and does a good job incorporating cat quirks into Patch's behavior and attitudes.
Sadly, I found the book to be a little too jumbled. It seemed every chapter was a HUGE, panic-inducing, undead-life threatening crisis that is resolved by chapter end, only to be replaced with ANOTHER huge, panic-inducing, undead-life threatening crisis. That kind of frantic pace I find exhausting and hard to really care about the Impending Doom (tm) because you know it's just going to work out alright and another bit of doom will follow.
I would have preferred if this book had a more classic "Hero's Journey" story arch where we meet Patch, he has some minor learning and growth challenges and ONE major crisis to overcome. It's a standard, traditional story template for a reason; it works and is a natural progression of character development.
Still, the book isn't all bad. The setting and characters are mostly interesting and the book definitely finishes with enough open-endedness that the characters could easily come back for a second book. If they do, I rather Patch endure a little less constant panic and a little more rounding-out as a character and plot....more
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Seriously, Hamilton has always been a lazy writer in desperate need of a thesaurus but thThis book is brought to you by the words, "Copy" and "Paste."
Seriously, Hamilton has always been a lazy writer in desperate need of a thesaurus but this book really takes the prize. The EXACT SAME SENTENCES were featured over and over in every chapter. This book reverted to the "all boring sex scenes, no plot" problem she's had in other novels and it seemed like each sex scene was a template of the same descriptions, actions and words into which she simply changed the name of the male partner as needed.
The so-called "plot" of the book is treated like unwanted leftovers; barely included to give a slight connection between the repetitive and boring sex scenes. She shows up at a crime scene, makes a few comments, then goes home, sleeps with more guys - repeat for two hundred pages until another character comes by and explains the ENTIRE "mystery" to her, giving her the answer so she can rush in and have a five-page finish to the storyline.
It's all so completely and utterly pointless. Literally nothing of value happens. Anything that does happen takes place in one sentence blurbs that never get followed-up on - if that! The cover claims that "dark suspicions of banned magical activities swirl around me" and yet...that's not even in the book. Not a single sentence. The cover also claims, "Mortals I once healed with magic are suddenly performing miracles" to which you get one dream sequence about four pages long.
Hamilton may have meant for there to be a storyline but she obviously forgot to include it in the published book....more
The concept was ok and interesting but this book really would have been better had they mentioned anywhere on the cover or within the info that the shThe concept was ok and interesting but this book really would have been better had they mentioned anywhere on the cover or within the info that the short story that started this series is really required reading. Yes, Harrison gives you broad overviews of what happened leading up to the start of this book but the entire time you feel like you're starting a series on book two. (Because in reality, you are.) The characters are already established and it's hard to get a feel for them when they all clearly know each other already and you don't.
The book also feels a little too flighty for my taste. We're talking about weirdly deep subjects - fate versus free will, value of human life and the death and afterlife of a teenager - but it's all very high school and shallow.
I wish in this instance it wasn't a YA book. This concept and this idea of "light" and "dark" angelic reapers is an interesting one and could be a very thought-provoking subject. As it stands though, this book just isn't and it's way too deep into the "tween" market and direction for me....more
I enjoyed this book even though it's got a different style then many I tend to gravitate towards. There's no real one main character; it's more an ensI enjoyed this book even though it's got a different style then many I tend to gravitate towards. There's no real one main character; it's more an ensemble cast that all play off each other in different ways to tell the complete tale. And it's set in 1986 which adds to the different "feel" of the storytelling.
There's definitely a bit of a statement made about AIDS and blood and promiscuity as a metaphor for vampirism. Sometimes it's not even a metaphor but flat-out a part of the plot. And in that respect, it can feel a little bit "Judgment" for sins sort of condemnation.
Still though, the book was enjoyable. It felt a little long in places mainly because of the large cast which required the focus shift very frequently to the different plots and actions, but it's a different take on the same-old, same-old vampire story that fills the shelves these days....more
Not giving a star rating because I picked it up solely for the "The History of the Devil" on recommendation of someone who'd listened to a radio playNot giving a star rating because I picked it up solely for the "The History of the Devil" on recommendation of someone who'd listened to a radio play version of it...but I couldn't get into it. I barely read a dozen pages before being just bored. Did absolutely nothing for me....more
I don't know. It was okay. Much of the book was annoyingly frustrating. All this "newly discovered" history of Cat's feels like revisionist history moI don't know. It was okay. Much of the book was annoyingly frustrating. All this "newly discovered" history of Cat's feels like revisionist history more than a pre-planned revelation.
And the fighting between Bones and Cat...? UGH. So irritating. Everyone does whatever they want, never lets anyone explain and says really horrible things and treats everyone really horribly...but somehow some [very graphic:] make-up sex fixes all the problems and everything's peachy again? *eye roll* Plus the entire Gregor character was SERIOUSLY annoying. I couldn't stand anytime he showed up in a scene - and it was worse when he spoke.
I enjoyed this book a lot. It reminded me how much I liked the world built in the Magic Study series. Even though this one focused on a different mainI enjoyed this book a lot. It reminded me how much I liked the world built in the Magic Study series. Even though this one focused on a different main character, I still felt comfortable back in the setting Snyder created and am looking forward to the next book in the series.
The book starts off almost in mid-sentence. There's no prologue or build-up or getting you back into the books. Just BAM - we're continuing a story alThe book starts off almost in mid-sentence. There's no prologue or build-up or getting you back into the books. Just BAM - we're continuing a story already in progress.
While the book was typical Rachel Caine and you plow through it quickly with it's fast pace and interesting, ongoing stories and characters, I felt this one lack some intensity at points. What starts off as the huge, pressing fear - the hurricane - just kind of bobs along for several days as they cruise around the ocean.
Jo's decent towards "evil" was more annoying that exciting and the I'm Good/I'm Bad and the I'm In Control/I'm Losing Control bit was done too much as well. After all she's been through, to give up so easily to some mark (and then later a spear) - even after she was supposedly entirely clear of the influence - was very uncharacteristic.
In typical Rachel Caine fashion, the book ends abruptly and on a cliffhanger, setting up for the next book but making you wonder how many more times the world can be ending....more
While it was good to get back to Landover - a series I enjoyed when it first came out many years ago - I found Mistaya to be a highly annoying and irrWhile it was good to get back to Landover - a series I enjoyed when it first came out many years ago - I found Mistaya to be a highly annoying and irritating character. She was such a spoiled brat, it really dampened my enjoyment of the setting....more
This book was highly frustrating to me. I was SO excited about it because I really enjoy Hoffman's books overall and when I saw it featured a characteThis book was highly frustrating to me. I was SO excited about it because I really enjoy Hoffman's books overall and when I saw it featured a character from A Fistful of Sky - my favorite novel of hers - I was all the more anxious to read it.
But I found it was a severe letdown. Opal let things get so far out of hand. She never asked for help and just kept going along with the events even when it looked like people might be in danger. When she finally does ask for help, she turns it down as soon as it's offered. There's some unrealistic and irritating "reason" given about how if she asks for help once, she'll never stand on her own two feet. Fine! But then stand dammit! Stop just letting events happen in, on and around you!
The book also just up and ends. Suddenly, abruptly and with no warning. Nothing is resolved and you don't even understand what it was that happened thus far. None of it is explained. It's like Hoffman had this idea for a book but instead of writing the whole story, she drew out the boring and annoying bits to the right number of pages to call it a novel and then just decided not to finish it. Seriously, it's as if the publisher left off the back 150 pages or so from the print run.
I just don't get it. I wanted to love this book and I couldn't wait to read it. Now I'm left wondering what the point all was and why Hoffman was so mean to readers by giving them an utterly incomplete story. If we're expected to go out and buy some follow-up sequel in a year just to get the rest of the ending we deserved in this novel, well, count me out.
Ok, so this book wasn't awful but it wasn't really great either. I'm not a "Young Adult" but I don't discriminate against books*Advanced Reader Copy*
Ok, so this book wasn't awful but it wasn't really great either. I'm not a "Young Adult" but I don't discriminate against books that are written for that market. Many are still solid stories. Some YA books are YA because they write from a teenager character perspective. Some are YA because they tone down the sex/violence to suit a younger audience. And this book definitely does both. But what it unfortunately also does is try to write prose and dialogue in a "hip" manner - but badly. It reads like an adult who's trying a little hard to write young.
The other issue with this book is that from the start, it's clearly set-up with a series mentality in mind. This first novel reads more like a prologue rather than a fully-fleshed out complete story. You're halfway through the book before ANYTHING happens. It's all just background and place setting.
When the action does occur, it does so in weird fits and spurts. Some parts feel like filler while other parts fly past at warp speed.
The very formulaic ending comes along exactly as you'd expect and features a "saw that coming 'surprise' bad guy reveal/betrayal," a character who's "more than meets the eye" and two other characters who are thrown completely into a ridiculous "buddy" role to the main character. It also ends just as one would when planning further novels - an ambiguous "end" to the Big Bad Character of the book.
I think there's potential for author Max Turner should he get some further experience in writing novels. Tighter editing, more polish and better character development would all go a long way to improving the reading experience of his book. He's a first time author with this novel and it sadly shows in many ways.
Still, it's not all bad. It may read better for those of a younger demographic that aren't so versed in typical novel-writing formula. I do fear that if the series does continue but the writing does not improve, it may turn off it's target audience eventually as said audience grows, matures and is left feeling a little "talked down to" by the current "voice" used in the first book....more
I'm pleased to say that this series is really getting much more enjoyable and overall more readable. I liked the idea but not the execution the firstI'm pleased to say that this series is really getting much more enjoyable and overall more readable. I liked the idea but not the execution the first time around, but I gave the second a chance. I wasn't sure that I'd keep reading the series but when I saw the third book was out and that my library had it, I figured I'd give it a shot. Which is why I'm happy to say I'm definitely now really into the world Andrews has created and the awkwardness of the first book has mostly cleared up for entertaining and engaging storytelling....more