This is one of the February 2012 Books of the Month for the Paranormal Romance Urban Fantasy Fanatics Goodreads Group.
I am still unsure, two days late...moreThis is one of the February 2012 Books of the Month for the Paranormal Romance Urban Fantasy Fanatics Goodreads Group.
I am still unsure, two days later, what to say about this book. It was different...
The idea is great. I'm not a huge fan of zombies in general, but I was expecting a lot of zombie attacks, a lot of action. There were only a few attacks. The action that started the book off went away quickly, and I had trouble just reading the book before the next action took off. Some parts were very slow to me. Then again, I don't care for politics, and the blogging and news worlds aren't my thing either.
I hated the lack of punctuation. I couldn't tell when someone was talking or thinking. Just as I thought I was used to it, it smacked me in the face again. Reading it was a little awkward.
I wanted to rate it as two stars, but I realized that with all the issues, I still wanted to know what happened. So, I gave it three. Now my biggest complaint. (view spoiler)[ I am angry that Georgia was killed. I hate when an author kills the main character. Buffy dying sucked. But there was no point at all in Georgia dying. She died for the truth, yeah I get it. I don't like it. And everything could have been accomplished with her alive. And why isn't Senator Rymann being held accountable for his part? He wouldn't believer her. She stood by him, and risked her life, eventually lost it, all because of him. He kicked her out of the banquet hall or whatever it was, where she went back to her trailer, where she would have died in the explosion if she hadn't been outside, where she DID die from a virus filled dart. (hide spoiler)]
I LIKED the story. I didn't care for the writing. And I won't be picking up book two, unless I am talked into it. Or if it becomes a group read or challenge.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book is in the February 2012 Paranormal Addicts and Newbies Group book of the month.
Wow. I finished this book just a few minutes ago. I read it i...moreThis book is in the February 2012 Paranormal Addicts and Newbies Group book of the month.
Wow. I finished this book just a few minutes ago. I read it in one sitting. Reading others reviews, I didn't want ti out it down, because I truly thought, 'this is going to get good and scary.' Guess what? It really didn't. The entire thing was a little creepy. But, i'll be honest, I am a wimp, I jump at shadows. But after reading this book, I was able to walk through my creepy 140 year old farm house (that I have always sworn is haunted) in the dark. It's just creepy. Not scary. But then again this is a YA story, and I haven't been that for awhile. And I was reading Stephen King at 10, so perhaps my definition of a scary book isn't everyone's.
Also, the present tense was a little awkward, but I did get used to it. The point of view skipped around so much that it made no sense at all in some places. And there were a few times words seemed a little misplaced. But otherwise the writing was slightly better than okay.
The story was decent, but confusing. He gets this letter and all of a sudden he feels like he's been living a lie? I can't see it. I don't see the evolution of even his entire thought process that makes him come to that conclusion. (view spoiler)[ Bean was great, but upon seeing Caleb/Billy's childhood home, he wonders if he ever knew his friend at all. That makes no sense to me. Caleb left there at what, seven or eight? Bean was such a good friend DYING for him, twice, but he asks that question? And even though Bean was funny, that thought wasn't. As for Bean's actual death, how could Caleb not know that he was going to run out and get himself killed so that he and Christine could get away? That was so obvious, and he let him go. So the CHANCE of saving her was more important than his best friends life? (hide spoiler)]
The plot seemed very disjointed to me. Caleb was supposed to play a role, but he didn't bother finding out what it was. He had opportunities to ask, but didn't. (view spoiler)[ when they brought up him being the hero, I just KNEW he was supposed to kill the scary clown. When I heard the story of Johnny Morle, I assumed it was his dad. Then I wasn't so sure because I thought the chained bones was his dad instead - which we were led to believe, yet not told outright. So that was a good little twist. But still, he didn't ask what his role entailed. And killing him probably ended the world. Christine said that more than anything the spirits didn't want to be alone, yet she believed every word from her sister. Yet, Anna kept saying it had to happen or something along those lines, why didn't they wonder about her real loyalties? She was dead. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, it was okay, I have a lot more thoughts than I have written here. I am going to take a bit to digest, and maybe I will be better able to write them. I won't be rereading this book. Though, I won't say the time spent reading it was a waste.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**spoiler alert** Can I really say I read this? I skipped over the rape, which seemed to take up a third of the story.. The incest didn't bother me so...more**spoiler alert** Can I really say I read this? I skipped over the rape, which seemed to take up a third of the story.. The incest didn't bother me so much. Which I feel dirty even saying. Cause incest DOES, of course, bother me. However the story overall sucked. The idea that she just wakes up and thinks "I am a girl, I have to change everything about me," is ridiculous. Then flaunting her mini skirt and too small blouse. And her MOM picked out a school girl outfit? Rape isn't EVER a the victims fault, but the writer set it up that way. Like she is hot now so the guys have to have her. Rape happens but this was outlandish. It can't just be horrible experience either, no she has to orgasm during the rape. It's erotic fiction. But I guess i've learned that rape, violence and incest are a total turn off. Throw in a bad story, bad basis to said story, and overall crappy writing, and it's not just a turn off, it is eye gougingly bad. Wish I never wasted the hour it took to read it bad. I could go on. For the record I like erotica. I like fantasies. A little Weirdness in an erotic fiction is great. This was just too much for me.(less)
I loved this book. Every word held my attention. Every action Made got some sort of reaction from me. This was an amazing book. I would love to leave...moreI loved this book. Every word held my attention. Every action Made got some sort of reaction from me. This was an amazing book. I would love to leave a long glowing review, but to be honest, I am too interested in starting the second book of the series. Love this. The only reason it received four stars instead of five is because the coincidences in this book add up to nothing so far. I am sure there is an answer later, and I can't wait to find it, but I'm the meantime, there are far too many questions and far too little answers.(less)
I love Stephen King. Who doesn't the man can tell a story! the Gunslinger was a pretty good story. But I feel for twelve years of writing, there shou...moreI love Stephen King. Who doesn't the man can tell a story! the Gunslinger was a pretty good story. But I feel for twelve years of writing, there should have been more clarification, a little less confusion and a LOT less detail. This is a short book. Reading pages of description slows down any story. But one this short? I felt like I was limping through it only to relize I actually let my mind wander too much and basically missed large chunks. The basic idea is there, and stuck. So one day I will get the next book and read it as well. But then again, it's Stephen King. I think most people would read a grocery list if he wrote it.(less)