Took me forever to get through this one. I don't know what it was but nothing really gripped me and made me want to keep reading. I kept putting it doTook me forever to get through this one. I don't know what it was but nothing really gripped me and made me want to keep reading. I kept putting it down and not really wanting to pick it back up....more
To say that this was my most anticipated book of the summer would be an understatement. I was frothing at the mouth to read this book, and I can’t telTo say that this was my most anticipated book of the summer would be an understatement. I was frothing at the mouth to read this book, and I can’t tell you how pleased I am to say that it lived up to everything I hoped it would be, and more. I absolutely could not put this book down, and I was so sad when it ended. I just wanted more, more, more.
The Characters: I couldn’t get enough of these characters. I want to be best friends with Samantha and I want to date Jase. Always an indication of a winning book. I found each of these characters so well fleshed out that I felt I knew them. What I was particularly impressed with was the development of the secondary characters. The author really did a good job of letting you know exactly who they were, what their motives were, and yet I wanted to learn more about them. I think each of them was so well developed that they could almost carry a book by themselves. Not only that, but I would read that book.
The Plot: I found everything to be completely believable. There was really no suspension of disbelieve happening in this one. Some parts made me happy, other sad, but never once was I annoyed by a direction in the story. Nor did I ever get lost and have to try to figure out where I was within the story.
The Pacing: This is always a big deal for me, and this book passed the pacing test with flying colors. The story moved at the perfect pace. I never once got bored, and I always was anticipating what would happen next.
Bottom line: Too often Sarah Dessen’s name gets tossed around to describe another book or another author. Inevitably I am always disappointed because they are never anything like Sarah Dessen and only wish they could be as great as her. Not this time. The writing and the story was very Dessen-ish, and yet still totally new and fresh. I can’t wait to see what Fitzpatrick comes out with next. This is a book I can read 50 more times and never get tired of it. I still miss these characters like I do with any great book. One of the best books I have read this year. ...more
SO close, SO close to being a five star book for me. There was so much I liked about this book. The characters, the plot, the setting, the world buildSO close, SO close to being a five star book for me. There was so much I liked about this book. The characters, the plot, the setting, the world building, the pacing, the writing. But there were just those small annoying things that just kept it from being great. First of all I never thought I would say this about a book this long, but it actually needed to be a tad longer. The ending was just so abrupt. Everything leading up to the last two chapters was so detailed that I never had to question where I was in the story of felt like information had been left out. Then the last two chapters happened and I had to go back four times to make sure that I hadn't accidentally skipped pages. I don't know if it was intentional to make the ending so different from the rest of the book, or if it was just really poor editing. If they were concerned about the length, there were other places in the book that cuts could be made without sacrificing the integrity of the ending. My other small complaint was that I wished that Ismea would be an even bigger bad ass. I can't believe I actually wished there was even more death, but since she is a trained assassin, I just thought there should be a little more killing going on. Other than that, I just loved this book so it becomes a solid 4 1/2 stars for me. A better ending would have made it a solid 5....more
I am actually torn between giving this book 2 stars or the 3 I gave it. The plot itself was good, it was short, and the pacing was great. My main issuI am actually torn between giving this book 2 stars or the 3 I gave it. The plot itself was good, it was short, and the pacing was great. My main issue is that I found a lot of it unbelievable. There is so much death and heartache and misery surrounding Austin, the main character, which actually has nothing to do with his issues. It seemed as if every single character that we are introduced to in the story has some kind of major issue or problem. I just found it completely unrealistic that one sick dying teenager even knows that many people with the kind of issues that are presented in book. I found the writing to be a bit clumsy throughout the book, and the switching POV at the very end was particularly clumsy. A book where the MC has cancer is always one that is difficult to read, I just feel it’s been done so much better in other books....more