Ugh, what a terrible piece of crap this book was. I read till page 62 and decided to give it up—the writing was poor and shoddy, the plot subpar and tUgh, what a terrible piece of crap this book was. I read till page 62 and decided to give it up—the writing was poor and shoddy, the plot subpar and the narrator, a whiny little bitch, for lack of a better word. And the whole unrequited love plot with Tobias—utterly sickening. The prose was repetitious, sometimes literally repeating phrases that had just been used a few paragraphs prior. The characters were one dimensional and stereotypical. It was ridiculous crap. What a waste of time! ...more
**spoiler alert** Decided to stop reading this after 64 pages. It's a depressing read, with the prose too young-YA for my taste. My attention just isn**spoiler alert** Decided to stop reading this after 64 pages. It's a depressing read, with the prose too young-YA for my taste. My attention just isn't being held, not with the way the narrator, Mia, cuts in and out of the present to throw in snippets about the past: meeting and dating her boyfriend, Adam; becoming friends with Kim; etc. Right after reading the part about Mia "playing Adam like a cello" and Adam "playing Mia like a guitar", I was slightly weirded out and decided that this book isn't for me. I can't make myself care about what happens to any of the characters.
I might be okay with seeing the movie, but my interest in reading this series is gone. ...more
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending), I decided not read this book past its 3 or 4 opening pages. As it was, I was highly put off by the prologueUnfortunately (or fortunately, depending), I decided not read this book past its 3 or 4 opening pages. As it was, I was highly put off by the prologue and my eyes glazed over before I even made it to the end of it (and I got really hung up on the detail in the prologue of the "grocer shining the apples with his flannel shirt", come on, that's disgusting). Frankly, I was very put off following that by the first paragraphs of the story where the narrator feels the need to insert her own explanations and defenses (or defensiveness, perhaps?) into the story she's trying to tell.
Why not just say, "Once upon a time, there was a king and queen who lived in a palace of snow and ice" and leave it at that? But no, the narrator has to tell the audience that "though you might think it strange, the king and queen have always lived in this world", etc. It was annoying! Plus, the subtitle for the opening character was highly ridiculous. I got the notion that either the author wasn't playing with a full deck when she wrote this book, or she was trying to be ironic and humorous, which surely isn't the intention in what's supposed to be a dramatic retelling of "The Snow Queen".
I know that this is awfully judgmental and nitpicky for just the first few pages, but I just can't suspend my disbelief enough to read further. I don't want to waste my time reading crap, and this is crap. Maybe it's just too middle-reader, dumbed-down, patronizing bullshit, but whatever the reason, it's not for me, but I have to say I wouldn't even recommend it to a child. Go read the Harry Potter series for quality "children's" reading. ...more