Kylie Galen has had a lot of crap tossed in her lap lately. Her parents are getting a divorce for who the heck knows why. Her boyfriend broke up with...moreKylie Galen has had a lot of crap tossed in her lap lately. Her parents are getting a divorce for who the heck knows why. Her boyfriend broke up with her because she wouldn't put out. And her grandmother died because . . . well, older people do that. But now, Kylie's acquired a stalker and she hasn't a clue what he wants or how to get rid of him . . . and she really wants to get rid of him because apparently she's the only one who sees him. Thinking she may be losing it, her parents send her off to see a psychologist who gets Kylie sent to Shadow Falls Camp. Kylie and her parents think it's a camp for troubled teens.
They thought wrong.
Kylie's surrounded by vampires, werewolves, fairies, witches and shapeshifters. And if she believes what they tell her, she's one of them. They're just not sure exactly how she fits in. As Kylie struggles to cope with the realization that these creatures even exist, and the fact that she might not be human, she's got two hot guys, a werewolf and a half-fairy vying for her attention. And they can just keep vying. Kylie's determined that before she lets her heart loose on love, she needs to unearth the truth. What does the ghost want? Who can and can't she trust? And most of all . . . What is she?
This is the summary I read when I first saw this book. Judging from the tone of the passage (you can tell I had English today), you'd think this book would be snarky, narcissistic and a buttload of fun.
Sadly, that's not the case.
By the time I got to page 100, I really didn't care whether or not the MC was dead or not. For one, it's written in third-person (a pet-peeve of mine, especially when having done otherwise would highly benefit the book). This book is the worst possible book ever to have been written in third person.
I've been visiting CC Hunter's website since reading this book, and I'm actually really excited for the next installments in the series, even though this one was on the short side of FAIL.
When I first started this book, the writing style made me consider putting it down. The sentences were short and choppy, and terribly simple, and I wa...moreWhen I first started this book, the writing style made me consider putting it down. The sentences were short and choppy, and terribly simple, and I was turned off. It was like reading WAKE again. I felt like this:
But then as the book went on, and the plot advanced and I got to know the characters and the conclusion came, it became the four-star book it is now.(less)
Cute with an unrecognized intensity, SPELLBOUND is a captivating tale where the insta-love actually makes sense. That being said, the novel didn't ac...more Cute with an unrecognized intensity, SPELLBOUND is a captivating tale where the insta-love actually makes sense. That being said, the novel didn't actually pick up until about halfway through, but it made for a great, quick story, and I look forward to a possible sequel. (less)
A cute story that, with flaws (for one, a lack of any major interesting plot), wraps up with a satisfying and bittersweet ending and is somewhat me...more A cute story that, with flaws (for one, a lack of any major interesting plot), wraps up with a satisfying and bittersweet ending and is somewhat memorable. (less)
I'm having a very hard time deciding whether or not this book is dystopian. It certainly has the foundations of it: a misguided government, the Wall (...moreI'm having a very hard time deciding whether or not this book is dystopian. It certainly has the foundations of it: a misguided government, the Wall (because every dystopian has some to have some inanimate object capitalized), etc.
I had a smooth start with Birthmarked. The opening scene shoved me straight into the action, and I got a glimpse at how screwed up the world actually was. Gaia was mildly likeable; I certainly didn't have a problem with her. The way O'Brien crafted the society was interesting, but I still have a few questions about it. I felt however, as I got rolling in the book, that it began to drag. Birthmarked was just a bit too long for my taste. I found that I didn't appreciate some scenes, and there were some that I just skipped over because I couldn't find any value to them.
The slowness wasn't the only flaw of the novel. Gaia was likeable at first when she kept her mouth shut and obeyed the rules, but she changed almost instantly, transformed from a normal girl with a zipper on her lips to a girl emerging from the shadows with the zipper torn off and bravery only rivaled by the Lion, post-Oz of course. I found over the course of the rest of the novel that Gaia just wasn't likeable anymore because her transformation from outspoken to outbursting was just too fast; there wasn't any development to her character. It just happened, and that infuriated me.
You all know that it's hard to read a book when you don't give a rat's ass about any of the characters. Sadly, that was the case with Birthmarked, at least after the beginning. I couldn't love it anymore after the characters left me in the dust. Birthmarked is a dystopian society plagued with midwife Gaia Stone who quickly learns that you can't get anywhere without opening your mouth. If only she knew of a thing called "moderation" . . .(less)