How did this book ever make it past an editor??? That was my first thought after I finished it. And I still can't believe that I *did* indeed finish iHow did this book ever make it past an editor??? That was my first thought after I finished it. And I still can't believe that I *did* indeed finish it --- if it hadn't been for the fact that I got it through Amazon Vine I probably would have quit less than halfway-through. This book made me want to rant and rave. It is just so utterly, ridiculously, laughably bad!!! Anyway, here is my review:
Imagine the following scene:
Ms. Moss spends a cozy evening in front of the television watching a double episode of "The Vampire Diaries". At some point she thinks to herself "Hmmm ... I could probably write something like that! I'll just change the name of the town from Mystic Falls to Winter Mill. And my protagonist will be called Faye instead of Elena.She should be a brunette, too, and she could live with her aunt --- just like Elena. Faye's mother could be dead and her father ... oh, I know --- he's an archeologist who's travelling all over the world all the time. That way he'll be out of the picture, too. And how about I make the mother of Faye's best friend the town sheriff? No, wait, that's what they did on "The Vampire Diaries". Okay, I'll just make the best friend's father the sheriff then ... Oh, and there have to be two boys who have just moved to town. One should be confident and extroverted ... kind of a flirt. And the other should be more quiet and mysterious. Now, what could I call them? Damon and Stefan? Nah, Lucas and Finn are much better. They can't be vampires, though ... that would be a little too obvious. Maybe werewolves --- at least one of them, and I'll figure out something for the other one, too. Of course there has got to be some mysterious connection between them ... oh, and they both have to fall in love with Elena ... no, wait ... Faye. Oooh, and how about I write the story so that Elena ... ugh, no ... Faye looks *exactly* like Katherine ... no, damn .. Eve --- the former girlfriend of Stefan? Shoot, Finn I meant ...."
What I mean by this is that Alice Moss certainly "borrowed" a little from the first season of the tv-show "The Vampire Diaries". Now, I realize that in this genre most authors do not exactly bring anything new to the table so that alone wouldn't have been so bad. And, you know, Ms. Moss did try to put a few ideas of her own into this book ... they just weren't all that good ...
The style of writing is very simple and predictable --- there are no surprises, and not a hint of complexity or anything like that. The dialogue often seemed a little wooden and not very believable.
Throughout the book things happen that the reader is led to believe will have an import on the story ... only to then never be mentioned again. For example, a dead body is found in the woods at the beginning of the story. The police warns everyone not to go into the forest, and there's a lot of talk about it all. Then, suddenly, the body is never mentioned again --- apparently it doesn't matter anymore who he was or why and how he died. Okay, whatever. And there are lots of things just like this one.
Then there is the way Faye's aunt Pam reacts after being told that werewolves and various creatures from hell really do exist. I mean, there are dozens of possible reactions to something like that, right? Wild laughter, crying, screaming, fainting ... possibly just total disbelief. But aunt Pam simply says something like "Oh, imagine something like that coming to our sleepy little town" ... Say what? Somehow I don't think that would be a very probable reaction ...
Ooooh, and let's not forget that Darth-Vader-Luke-Skywalker-I-am-your-father-type-moment around page 240 or so ... at that point I seriously considered quitting right there and then. But some bit of morbid curiosity made me read on ... and let's just say that the rest of the book wasn't any better than what came before. In fact, it might have gotten worse --- hard to say, really.
Let's move on to characterization. Or, rather, that's what I would say if there had actually *been* any measure of characterization. Unfortunately, there is not. Faye, Liz, Lucas, Finn --- all of them stay shallow and lifeless, and except for Finn maybe I didn't find any of them to be particularly likable. In fact, I really disliked Liz --- she's childish and immature and very annoying. There is one scene where she throws a tantrum and yells at Faye because she dared talk to Lucas at a party (Liz accuses her of flirting with Lucas who - by the way - is not her boyfriend or anything!) --- after Liz had asked her that *very same day* to be nicer to Lucas. Speaking of Lucas, he comes across as spoiled and arrogant in the first half of the book, although I have to admit it gets a little better during the second half. Then there's quiet and rather introverted Finn. You see, I can't really say much about the characters because there just isn't much to say beyond the fact that all of them had me rolling my eyes more than once.
The author doesn't really waste any words on trying to tell (or show) her readers *why* her characters think or do the things they think or do. And believe me, some of those things were so stupid or downright-dumb that I wanted to smack their heads together or shake some sense into them. That's probably one of the reasons why they stayed so flat and one-dimensional. I really don't have any tolerance for brainless characters ...
Liz and Faye spend large parts of the story thinking about clothes and make-up, they go shopping or get ready for parties. Sure, normal things for teenage girls to do. BUT ... if that is suddenly more important than the fact that more and more people around them are behaving strangely, or the disappearance of one of their friends then that doesn't ring true for me. Hey, my dad's walking around like a zombie and our friend has just disappeared without a trace, but you know what? Let's get ready for the band festival first ...! Seriously, there are scenes where the two of them talk about something strange or bad that has happened, and then suddenly they change the subject to the cute shirt one of them wants to buy.
There are some books by first-time authors that are so well-written and engaging that it's hard to believe they haven't written at least a dozen books before. And then there are books like "Mortal Kiss" where it is painfully obvious from start to finish that the author lacks writing experience. I also sometimes thought that Ms. Moss couldn't really decide what kind of a story she wanted to tell. I'm sure it all made perfect sense in her head, but it didn't make all that much sense to me ...
To be honest, "Mortal Kiss" felt to me a little like a first draft of a book that could have had potential --- after it had been corrected by an editor and then thorougly overhauled by the author.
I really can't give this book more than a 1-star-rating. I'm sure there are people out there who will like "Mortal Kiss" but I'm not one of them. A few "borrowed" ideas combined with a slightly interesting myth and wrapped up in mediocre writing and implausible dialogue ... that's just not enough for me! ...more
"Pfad der Träume" ist der zweite Band der "Ghostwalker"-Serie. Waren im ersten Band noch Marisa und Coyle die Hauptfiguren, so konzentriert sich die G"Pfad der Träume" ist der zweite Band der "Ghostwalker"-Serie. Waren im ersten Band noch Marisa und Coyle die Hauptfiguren, so konzentriert sich die Geschichte dieses Mal auf die Leoparden-Wandlerin Kainda die das Lager der Berglöwen verlassen hat um eine Möglichkeit zu finden wie sie und ihre Schwester Jamila nach Afrika zurückkehren können.
Unterwegs wird Kainda von einem Truck angefahren und anschließend in die Klinik des Tierarztes Ryan Thorne gebracht. Dieser kümmert sich aufopferungsvoll um seine neue Patientin, und merkt schon bald dass Kainda --- die er Etana tauft --- ein ganz besonderer Leopard ist. Wie auch schon in "Die Spur der Katze" sind auch in diesem Buch die Charaktere wirklich toll gezeichnet --- Kainda, die in der ersten Hälfte des Buches fast ausschließlich in Leoparden-Form auftritt, ebenso wie der wirklich liebenswerte Ryan.
Eine Nebenhandlung folgt Kaindas Schwester und deren langsam aufblühende Romanze mit Finn, der anfangs mit allen Mitteln versucht seine Gefühle für sie zu unterdrücken. Als neues Mitglied des Rats der Berglöwen hat er Angst Unruhe in die Gruppe zu bringen wenn er etwas mit Jamila anfängt, die von den meisten zwar geduldet aber aufgrund der Vorgeschichte (Band 1) nicht gemocht wird. Auch einige andere Charaktere aus "Die Spur der Katze" tauchen in diesem Buch auf --- Marisa und Coyle, Bowen, und auch Coyle's Schwester Amber.
Für mich sind neben dem flüssigen und bildhaften Schreibstil vor allem die Charaktere der große Plus-Punkt der Bücher von Michelle Raven --- sie wirken real und lebendig, und nicht zu perfekt ... ;o) ... Ich freue mich jetzt schon darauf sie in den nachfolgenden Büchern der Reihe wieder zu treffen!
Handlungstechnisch ist dieser Band etwas ruhiger als Teil 1, aber mir hat er dennoch sehr gut gefallen ... :o)...more
When I started this book I told myself that I would just take a little peek. Read a chapter or two and then finsh the other two books that I had alreaWhen I started this book I told myself that I would just take a little peek. Read a chapter or two and then finsh the other two books that I had already started. BUT ... (and you knew there would be a "But" coming, right?) ... once I had started reading "How to flirt with a naked werewolf" I just couldn't stop anymore.
I immediately liked Mo, and I quickly fell in love with the cast of likable and quirky characters that make up the citizens of Grundy, Alaska. And let's not forget Mo's parents who are ... well ... let's just say they aren't quite like any normal parents I know ... ;o)
Molly Harper is just very good at creating wonderful and memorable characters as well as writing witty and funny dialogue.
As for the story --- imagine an episode of the tv show "Men in Trees" - but with the addition of werewolves and a little mystery. Total comfort food, and funny as hell! I'm not kidding --- Molly Harper made me laugh so much with this book that my sides actually hurt.
Is the story realistic? Well, not really. But then I don't expect "realistic" from a book that has the words "naked" and "werewolf" in the title ... ;o)
I for one really enjoyed "How to flirt with a naked werewolf", and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series!!!...more
I can't believe I'm saying this ... BUT ... I was bored out of my mind reading this book --- not to mention really disappointed! "Dead Reckoning" justI can't believe I'm saying this ... BUT ... I was bored out of my mind reading this book --- not to mention really disappointed! "Dead Reckoning" just didn't feel like a Sookie Stackhouse novel at all. Somehow I couldn't shake the feeling that Charlaine Harris has run out of ideas. It felt like she just stringed together some random thoughts and then embellished them by writing long descriptons of everything to fill up the pages. Ask me a week from now about what actually happened in this book and I probably will have a hard time remembering --- there just wasn't anything memorable in the book!!!
The story basically consists of irrelevant happenings and absurd situations, none of which do anything to enrich the overall storyline of this series. There were more continuity errors than I could count. Secondary characters made short appearances for no apparent reason (those cameos certainly didn't help the story along or anything). Seriously --- what was that with Alcide suddenly popping up in Sookie's bedroom??? Was there any purpose to Lily and Jack Bard's visit? A real purpose I mean? What about Sandra Pelt? If Ms. Harris had made any of them an integral part of the storyline of this book --- fine. But the way she did it just felt completely random, and really didn't make a lot of sense.
As for the other characters --- everyone behaved completely out of character. Sookie and Eric had me rolling my eyes or wanting to smack them fairly frequently --- and that's never a good thing!!! Calling their relationship cold and dysfunctional would be an understatement, and personally after this novel I don't really see a happy ending coming for them. And then there's Amelia --- I really liked her in previous books, but Charlaine Harris managed to turn an intelligent and likable character into ... well ... the exact opposite!
After the first half of the book I found myself wishing for the end to come quickly, and when I got to the last 60 pages I actually started skipping and skimming paragraphs because I just wanted to be done with it. At this point I have to say I find myself hoping that Ms. Harris wraps it all up with the next book!...more
Finally ... after all the rather disappointing YA books I've read lately I have now found one that was really good! "Firelight" was a truly enjoyableFinally ... after all the rather disappointing YA books I've read lately I have now found one that was really good! "Firelight" was a truly enjoyable read, and I will definitely buy the next book in the series (at least, it says on the author's website that this is the first book in a series ...)....more
After the first few chapters I wasn't sure whether I would like this book, but I am glad I stuck with it because I ended up really enjoying it ... :o)After the first few chapters I wasn't sure whether I would like this book, but I am glad I stuck with it because I ended up really enjoying it ... :o)
Great characters, good dialogue, interesting story --- definitely a keeper.
Looking forward to reading the next book in the series....more
Ich bin eher zufällig beim Stöbern im Buchladen über "Ghostwalker - Die Spur der Katze" gestolpert. Der Klappentext hörte sich interessant an also habIch bin eher zufällig beim Stöbern im Buchladen über "Ghostwalker - Die Spur der Katze" gestolpert. Der Klappentext hörte sich interessant an also habe ich es mal mitgenommen obwohl ich noch nie etwas von der Autorin gehört hatte. Nachdem ich das Buch nun gelesen habe kann ich nur sagen dass ich echt froh bin es gefunden zu haben ... :o)
Michelle Raven hat einen wirklich tollen Schreibstil --- flüssig, bildhaft und mitreissend. Die Geschichte war von Anfang bis Ende interessant und spannend. Natürlich wurde auch hier das Rad nicht neu erfunden, aber meiner Meinung nach hebt sich dieser erste Band der "Ghostwalker"-Serie doch sehr positiv von vielen ähnlichen Büchern des Genres ab.
Die Charaktere waren gut gezeichnet und (bis auf die "Bösen" natürlich) sehr sympathisch. Ich muss allerdings gestehen dass ich Bowen und Isabel --- deren Story ja eigentlich eher eine Nebengeschichte in diesem Buch ist --- irgendwie noch interessanter fand als die beiden eigentlichen Hauptfiguren Marisa und Coyle. Soweit ich gesehen habe bekommen ja auch Bowen und Isabel demnächst ihr eigenes Buch in dem ihre Story weitergeführt wird, und darauf freue ich mich jetzt schon.
Alles in allem war "Die Spur der Katze" für mich ein gelungener Auftakt einer "Paranormal Romance"-Reihe von der ich sicherlich noch viele weitere Bücher lesen werde!!!...more
"Fever" is the first entry in Christinen Feehan's Leopard People series, and contains both the short story "The Awakening" and the complete novel "Wil"Fever" is the first entry in Christinen Feehan's Leopard People series, and contains both the short story "The Awakening" and the complete novel "Wild Rain".
I enjoyed both stories very much! Ms. Feehan's writing is fluid, beautiful and very compelling, and I loved her setting --- the rainforest of Borneo. It's such a different setting compared to other books in this genre, and the way she writes makes you feel like you are actually in the rainforest. You'll hear the cries of the birds and monkeys and the patter of rain on the leaves.
"The Awakening" is basically the introduction to the world of the Leopard People. It's a beautiful and very sensual story, and I really liked it. In fact, I wouldn't have minded if it had been a bit longer!
"Wild Rain" is also a wonderful and very well-written story. Rachael and Rio are really interesting characters, and I liked their interaction with each other. There was such a sweetness to them as a couple.
A word of warning for the faint of heart --- these are probably the hottest stories I have ever read, and they both contain a lot of very explicit love scenes. Normally I would call a book like this oversexed, but oddly enough I didn't mind at all with this one. That's probably because those scenes are written in a way that is beautiful and sensual, and never coarse or offensive....more