Gave this up after 97 pages. I was bored, and slightly annoyed at starting yet another chapter in another character's head/POV. I wondered, how many cGave this up after 97 pages. I was bored, and slightly annoyed at starting yet another chapter in another character's head/POV. I wondered, how many characters' POVs are we going to have to suffer through? The entire community's? I think the premise was promising, but I thought there would be more upfront about these three girls, but instead I had to wade through other characters' stories first, and had to have patience I didn't have to get to the "good stuff", if there was any of that to come. Just not a book for me. ...more
Ugh. I stopped reading this at page 160 because I was so bored! Honestly, the most exciting parts are in the beginning, with Quentin and Margo's "wildUgh. I stopped reading this at page 160 because I was so bored! Honestly, the most exciting parts are in the beginning, with Quentin and Margo's "wild night". I found it terribly hard to care that Margo was "missing"—a runaway, or possibly dead, or just playing some stupid game, and I also cared little if Quentin and his friends ever solved the mystery of the missing Margo. I skimmed the end, which was also terribly boring.
Don't waste your time reading this book. After reading what I've read, I'm no longer interested in seeing the movie.
A side note: I'm sorry, but what (straight) guy gets totally into the prom the way Ben did? And then to *happen* to hook up with a girl who is so totally into prom!!! too? Seriously, I did not buy it. ...more
**spoiler alert** I really don't know what to say about this one. I wanted to like it. I listened to some of the audiobook, maybe up to chapter 8 or s**spoiler alert** I really don't know what to say about this one. I wanted to like it. I listened to some of the audiobook, maybe up to chapter 8 or so, which was very well read and well performed, but the story itself left something, which is hard to put on my finger on, to be desired. Still, the prose itself is beautiful, vivid, descriptive.
I did like the idea of the plot, but not so much the plot itself. I liked the idea of this self-described weird little town called Fairfold, where humans and faeries exist side by side—where humans know of the fae and have seen them or made bargains with them. I liked the idea of presenting the faeries as something closer to the "Grimm Fairy Tales" version—no sugarcoating the cruelty and murderous intentions and actions of some or most of Fairfold's forest people. I liked the idea of Jack, Carter's changeling "brother" living among the humans, raised as a human while still feeling the pull of his own forest kin.
I'm still partially intrigued to know what happens, but I also kind of don't care. Hazel, her brother Ben, the horned boy, now awake after apparently centuries asleep in a glass coffin by Hazel's own hand—it's all a jumble of oddness. Hazel's "innocent" flirtations, her strange bargain with the Folk on behalf of her brother, her half crush on Jack (who may also be crushing her back), her past "faerie hunting"—I'm not sure what to make of it. Plus, I can't help but find it a little strange that both Hazel and Ben have huge crushes on the horned boy (and maybe Jack does too). The whole thing, the whole plot, seems to be a jumble. It's part mystery/suspense, which adds a degree of thrill, but it also, for me at least, seems to be dragging out a plot point that should have already been revealed. (Not sure how many pages the book is, or where I was in the audiobook, so it was hard to tell if the pacing wasn't right or if I was on the verge of some "big reveal".)
I don't know. I say again that I really thought this would be "my type of book" and that I wanted to like it more, but I guess it's just not for me. Giving it 3 stars because I enjoyed the talented performer who read the story, but for overall plot it's really more a 2.5. ...more
**spoiler alert** 3.5-3.7 star rating. As far as sequels go, this was just an okay addition to the "Waverly Sisters" books—not sure if there will be m**spoiler alert** 3.5-3.7 star rating. As far as sequels go, this was just an okay addition to the "Waverly Sisters" books—not sure if there will be more in the "series". I would, without question, read another in this "series", but "First Frost" was, to me, lackluster, nearly devoid of all the magic and charm of "Garden Spells", which is among my favorite books, and is, I feel, akin with Alice Hoffman's "Practical Magic". It had been a while since I read "Garden Spells", so long that at first I couldn't tell the sisters apart, and couldn't exactly remember much of the plot of the first novel. I eventually recalled Henry, and that Bay was Sydney's daughter, and who Claire and Sydney were and what they did and what their Waverly gifts were. But I can't remember anything about Tyler. (I suppose it means I should go back and read "Garden Spells" for a refresher.)
I had some problems with the plotting. Why did it take so long for Russell to make his move? And why did he fold so easily? This insistence that the family just has to make it to First Frost without anything bad happening—yet of course, something "bad" was on the horizon in the form of Russell and the blackmail scheme. You, the audience, knew he was a conman, that he was there to get money from a mark, but the way it was all executed was sloppy. Why did both Claire and Sydney refuse to confide in their husbands their problems when both couples have been married for ten years? (The men seem to chalk it up as "that's just the way of the Waverly women, they'll come to us when they're ready", like that's okay or something. Neither of them seems to be angry or upset about anything, leaving such emotions to their wives.) I also found it so hard to believe that Claire questioned her lineage, even for a few minutes. How could she have run a successful catering business without her special Waverly gift? There's even a sentence that Sydney utters about Claire causing everyone in the family to cry at the drop of a hat for a week after eating something she cooked while she was upset. Obviously Sydney believes Claire is a Waverly—how could she not be? All of it seemed like a ridiculous twist that was over too quickly. Also ridiculous—Sydney putting up with Violet's needy, thieving, childish behavior. (Yes, Violet was only 17, so she was a child still, but since she had a baby to think about, she was a terrible role model for him, and dangling him before Sydney like the carrot she knew Sydney could never have. Shameless.)
Then there was Sydney's seemingly crazy overreaction to Bay's choice in crushes. Grounding her because Bay is in love with Josh Matteson, the son of Hunter John Matteson, the man who broke and smashed Sydney's heart—the main reason Sydney bolted from Bascom? As if his father's behavior somehow means Josh is at fault, or will turn out to be exactly like him? I wasn't buying it, it seemed kind of insane—especially when Bay has not, apparently, up until this point, shown any interest in socializing with anyone, especially any boys. Sydney was getting what she wanted when Bay chose to go to a school dance—but couldn't stand Bay being drawn to Josh. It's really no wonder Bay didn't want to open up to her mother about her crush.
I did like the little twist with Mariah, and her secret friend "M", and it was nice to have Evanelle there too. Also nice: to find out what Lorlei's Waverly gift was. (Not so nice, for Bay to insist on making Russell repeat himself. That was a silly scene.) While I didn't find this novel to be exceptional, it was still fun to read and had its good moments. This book was more in line with Allen's "The Girl Who Chased The Moon", not a great read, not a great ending, but certainly not a bad read overall.
Well, I did give this another try, after trying to read it sometime in the 90s. Much like then, I could barely get past the prologue (which did have pWell, I did give this another try, after trying to read it sometime in the 90s. Much like then, I could barely get past the prologue (which did have potential), then I skimmed the rest and finally read just the last few pages. I really gave this 3 stars when it doesn't deserve more than a 2.5 because when I was a teen, I had memorized the blurb on the back of the book and used to write it all over my notebooks because I thought it was such a, uh, cool description. The novel itself, in my opinion, suffers from vast over-description, as well as vague adjectives. (I should point out that I'm now in my 30s, trying to go back and read teen fiction perhaps written this way for teens, but then, there are plenty of childrens'/YA books that I can still read and feel they have a "timeless" appeal.)
The prologue was probably my favorite part of the book, as well as the last page. There are a bunch of great lines, like "the sun went down like a piece of construction paper falling off a bulletin board"; however, there is also repetition that's slightly annoying, perhaps an omen of what's to come. All of the characters came off as one dimensional, stereotypical, and over-described. It was painful to read over and over how polite, how sexy, how in love West was with Meghan, or how evil and cold and frozen Lannie was. (Even more painful were the contradictory lines, like Lannie's breath turning hot with rage when demanding something of West.) I also felt there should have been more a time passage between the prologue and chapter 1, when Lannie finds the happy couple and bids them to remember West's promise. Six years have passed, yet the reader really doesn't feel that distance because, hey, the prologue was the first thing read.
I also had a hard time buying the constant hatred Lannie had for Meghan—it seemed to almost have no reason. Sure, Lannie was jealous because Meghan had Tuesday for a best friend, and knew that West would probably grow up to love Meghan, and as a 15-year-old, Meghan was flippant and rude to her, as she had been as a 9-year-old, finding Lannie scary. But the point of the hatred and the stealing away of West was supposed to be this plot point of tension and suspense; it came off as desperate and kind of ridiculous to me. Actually, the whole book was pretty ridiculous. Sorry, Caroline B. Cooney, this was one of yours not for me. ...more