I wanted this to be 5 stars. And it very nearly almost was. But there were a few rushed chapters, a few plot holes just covered instead of f4.5 stars.
I wanted this to be 5 stars. And it very nearly almost was. But there were a few rushed chapters, a few plot holes just covered instead of filled, and some explanations that made no sense. However, I loved the atmosphere of this book. The creepy town that seems perfect but isn't. I loved that there was this fourth year that made teenagers do crazy things. I loved that there was a reformatory that housed these deliquent kids and fed from them. I loved that some of these kids had super powers that were as creepy as the town itself. And I loved how set back Garnderville was from the rest of the world.
What I am conflicted about is the execution of the book. The MC - Sky - is incredibly unreliable. The whole basis of the book is that she is so mentally traumatised that she takes special pills to put her into a state of blissful emptiness where she can forget everything that happened to her wonderful older sister, who was taken by a fourth year. She's annoying. She's immature. She's awful to her baby brother who just wants to be around her (at one point he asks her to tell him a story and she SHOVES him out of the bed onto the floor. He's four). It was hard routing for this girl because she's such an idiot.
I did like Piper. Or the stories of Piper as we're told in alternate chapters of their past through tape recordings. A lot of the story won't make sense until the end. There's a twist but it's not very punchy. It's kind of like 'ohhh okay' rather than 'omg!!!' Sometimes the book read more like a fairytale than a novel.
But I did enjoy it and so 4.5 stars from me. If you liked IMAGINARY GIRLS you'll love this....more
This wasn't anywhere near the same league of writing as The Body Finder - which I'm a huge fan of. The writing in this one was lazier, I fou3.5 stars.
This wasn't anywhere near the same league of writing as The Body Finder - which I'm a huge fan of. The writing in this one was lazier, I found, and not as descriptive or incredible. The characters not as developed or as interesting and the romance not as sizzling or believable.
But the storyline was interesting. I think I wanted more than this book was supposed to offer. This wasn't supposed to be a literary piece of work. It was supposed to be fast paced and full of action, which it was.
I had a few problems with pacing, though. The first half of the book read like a contemporary book. Which, was the point, I think. But it didn't work for me. I would have liked more clues in the first half that led to the second half. It could have been two separate books for all the connection it had. What I did enjoy, though, was Kyra's semi-development. She started off as this horribly selfish girl who deserved everything she got. But towards the end she became a better person.
I won't spend money on buying the sequel but might possibly read an ARC of it. I think younger readers will enjoy this....more
There was a lot about this book I didn't like, yet I couldn't stop reading and didn't want to stop reading. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking aThere was a lot about this book I didn't like, yet I couldn't stop reading and didn't want to stop reading. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about reading it. And possibly, that might have been to do with the preface. When it starts with the ending, I want to know how it got to the ending. I'm determined to reach that ending. Perhaps if the book hadn't started like that, I wouldn't have been so interested.
The book started on a really positive high note. I've been in a huge writing slump where the last few books I've read have taken AGES to get interesting. Too much setting the scene and not enough scene. So when I first started to read this and it started with a bang, I thought I heard hymns in my head.
It was well described. The main character, Emma, was spunky with a realistic and interesting voice. Her introduction to her new world was refreshing and different. I enjoyed yet hated her battle with a very overprotective father.
But then it all started to go downhill. The writing became sloppy. It almost felt as if someone else had wrote the first 10 or so chapters because the rest of the book often made little sense, narratively, and was rushed and empty. It felt a lot like badly written fanfiction. The love interest was possibly one of the WORST male characters I have ever had the misfortune of reading about. I actually hated him. I had no interest in rooting for their relationship because it was destructive and disgusting. His behaviour and attitude and personality was just...awful. But it was never pointed out in the book. It was never implied that it was something to be worked on. It was treated as though it was okay.
The best thing about this book was Siobhan. In all her faults and flaws, it was obvious the girl needed help and her behaviour and actions were horrifying and so intriguing to read about. Unlike Dylan - the love interest - Siobhan was very much a character who needed saving and changing. A character that Emma knew needed help and was toxic.
So overall, 3.5 stars. I would have loved the writing to have been better. That would have made it 4 maybe 4.5 for me....more