My son recently got into Snoopy because of school so I've been introducing him to the old cartoons I used to watch. That made me wanna dig up all theMy son recently got into Snoopy because of school so I've been introducing him to the old cartoons I used to watch. That made me wanna dig up all the comics. It's interesting how three of the four main characters (Patty, Shermy and Violet) end up as secondary characters. And Snoopy's pretty much just a random stray that hangs out with these kids. ...more
So, let's start with the names and how made-up and awful they are. Royal and Jessamine? What discount Baby Book did she dig thOh man -this was rough.
So, let's start with the names and how made-up and awful they are. Royal and Jessamine? What discount Baby Book did she dig those out of? Edythe and Archie? Seriously?!? Is that why you threw a random "y" into that name? So nobody would notice the All in the Family reference? Yeah, did not work. It took all my concentration to banish Jean Stapleton's voice from my mind. And by far the worst crime of all....using the name Joss within this pseudo-vampire book. BLASPHEMY!! Apologize to our Supreme Nerd Lord and Master NOW!!
Apparently Meyers must've binged a TON of Shoujo anime when working on this because this reads exactly like a Japanese light novel. The guys were ultra feminine and the girls were majorly masculine 75% of the time and neither gender acted natural at all. The random areas she did bother to rewrite were good -you could see she did have a good grasp for these new characters -but they were so far and few that it didn't match the flow of the story at all. It's like ripping out pages of one book and replacing them with pages from a different, way better book. A book I much rather would be reading other than this Frankensteinian half-assed train wreck. It just shows that she could've taken the time to make this really good but didn't. And if you don't believe me, just read the first line of her forward: "I'm sorry". She's not apologizing because she didn't give us Midnight Sun -she's apologizing for giving us this load of crap. Think about it: if this was actually a decent book, fans wouldn't be upset it wasn't Midnight Sun.
Now the ending. SPOILER ALERT because it does have an alternate ending.
In this ending, Meyers answers the question everyone was asking at the end of Twilight: why not just let Bella turn since she's already infected? A question I'm sure that probably pissed her off and thus we get this ending. Which is everyone is sad and miserable and all the complications with the werewolves and see why her original ending is soooooooo much better? T.T Again, just read the afterword and see how defensive she sounds.
I want to talk about the good parts of the book -because I did enjoy some things -but, like I said, because they were completely sporadic it just reminded me what this book could have been if she'd really tried which takes all the enjoyment out. There was some good witty banter and I liked his awkwardness -it was kind of cute. Although I do think she made him into a mega wussy with a capitol P in an attempt to prove Bella isn't a "damsel in distress" which is why I got a major anime guy vibe off Beau. Edythe's character needed a lot more work, I think. She was too schizophrenic and all over the place. Edward had a bit of that quality too but it was still out together well enough that all his weird mood swings made sense. Jeremy was just awful -I think he had one line in the whole book that convinced me he was a guy. It's like she wasn't even trying with Logan. Same with McKayla although she had ONE moment that I loved -when she and Edythe had that moment in the nurse's office after Beau gets sick. That entire exchange was perfect! But, again, just another reminder that this book could've been awesome and it's not.
So if you can ignore all the inconsistencies and the ridiculous scenes (why the cop thing -a robbery would've made a helluva lot more sense) and you don't notice the nuances that constantly remind you that these lines/actions were not written for this particular gender, then you'll probably like this book. Sadly, I don't have that luxury so I'm giving this one mercy star. ...more
I'm going to assume this series is as finished as it's going to be and just write my review of the whole thing now.
Okay, so, first of all, this storyI'm going to assume this series is as finished as it's going to be and just write my review of the whole thing now.
Okay, so, first of all, this story gives a very wonderful positive message about turning your "handicap" into an asset and how all these people who can see special things actually can't "see" as well as the one guy who can't. And I love how Sherlock Holmes-ian the main character is when he solves all these mysteries.
Here is my problem with this series: it's very Scooby-Doo-esque. I mean, all of these mysteries start of very malicious and shocking only to have the resolution be incredibly lackluster. The "Iris Hunter" saga was amped up to be something really exciting but it ended up having much the same conclusions as the others which was just severely disappointing. Sorta like if that guy from Cased Closed only solved cases about stuff like who stole all the pencil boxes from the classroom. This story had a lot of potential to go somewhere really cool but it seems like the author just didn't want to go down that road.
That being said, it's still a good series (without an ending) and I did enjoy it in spite of wishing it would turn into something it'll never be. ...more
So this story is EXTREMELY teen drama Shoujo and I enjoyed it probably way too much. There were a few moments I got frustrated with the characters andSo this story is EXTREMELY teen drama Shoujo and I enjoyed it probably way too much. There were a few moments I got frustrated with the characters and their wishy-washy ways and it honestly seemed like this story could've ended probably three books ago but overall it was a very sweet love story.
Oh and, author, that thing with the car in chapter 47? Yeah, there was no point in that other than to screw with us readers -uncool, man. Uncool. ...more