Although I burned through the first two books in the Shadow Falls series and moderately enjoyed them, all the flaws of the series I was content to ign...moreAlthough I burned through the first two books in the Shadow Falls series and moderately enjoyed them, all the flaws of the series I was content to ignored seemed to come out and hit me while I was reading Taken at Dusk this week.
Exposition is not C.C. Hunter's friend and it really shows it this book. I don't know how many times information was repeated over and over between scenes. Kylie couldn't have one thing happen to her without having it be re-explained to Holiday, Lucas or Derek two pages later. It's necessary for the characters, but annoying for the readers who already know what happen.
Like with the other two books, there's not a lot of plot or anything particularly suspenseful happening. When something does, it's lackluster and fizzles out almost immediately for more on Kylie's ridiculous relationship drama. If only the focus of Shadow Falls series wasn't the Lucas/Kylie/Derek love triangle because I was over the, "Omg, which one do I pic?!" drama in the first book already.
I was also really not a fan of Kylie this time around. I didn't mind her in the first part of the series - she's bland and relatively unoffensive except for her inability to not judge people who have had sex - but there were certain parts of this book that she was really self-righteous and obnoxious. Like the whole scene with confronting Ellie about having sex with Derek? What business was that of hers? Why should Ellie have to explain and apologize for having sex with Derek who isn't Kylie's boyfriend? What the hell. And don't even get me started with the way she's treated Sara the entire series.
Since I've already invested so much time in this series, I'll probably read the fourth book when it comes out in the fall.(less)
Scott Westerfeld knows how to up the stakes in each of his books, that's for certain. Out of the three Midnighters books, I enjoyed "Blue Noon" the mo...moreScott Westerfeld knows how to up the stakes in each of his books, that's for certain. Out of the three Midnighters books, I enjoyed "Blue Noon" the most. I loved the character growth everyone - especially Rex and Melissa - experienced in this book and the twists the plot with the darklings took. I really enjoyed Jessica's character arc and her importance in the series overall. (less)