This book had so much potential in becoming something great. It could have been about coming to terms with death or an action-packed thriller about DeThis book had so much potential in becoming something great. It could have been about coming to terms with death or an action-packed thriller about Death coming after her. Hell, it could have been about bullying since it was also in the book.
Instead, it's about a girl who's so insanely in love with a guy who doesn't even know that she exists, her best friend who thinks the world of her, and Death that has become interested in her again, which leads to all sorts of weirdness.
I didn't like Abbey that much in the beginning, especially because she was always fantasizing about Nate, her crush. I can only hope that she was like this as a source of escapism, using him as a distraction because of her being bullied at school for being the daughter of a mortician. But then her denial and inability to question things that seemed too good to be true also got on my nerves.
I wished that her best friend, Tanner, had been given more of the limelight since he was pretty awesome. Having to be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life and giving up completely on sports because of an accident, he became even more amazing as you got to know more about him and learned about how he came to terms with his disability.
Death was also an interesting character. You eventually learn about why he acted the way that he did, and you can sympathize with his reasoning. But still, he wasn't supposed to do that...
And the whole bullying part of the book; what was the point? It was brought up in the beginning and then never mentioned again until towards the end, like an afterthought. Was it supposed to make Abbey a more sympathetic character? Because it really didn't, especially with the way it was resolved; she didn't learn anything from it. There was no life-lesson, no moral story, no reason to be included in the book. ...more
I'm usually all for mysteries slowly unraveling as a story progresses, but this book was pretty much ridiculous when it came to that. I was halfway thI'm usually all for mysteries slowly unraveling as a story progresses, but this book was pretty much ridiculous when it came to that. I was halfway through the book and still had no clue what was going on. Every time someone or something was going to explain what was going on, something else had to occur to interrupt the explanation, and I was right back at square one. It was only near the last third of the book that anything important really happened, and of course, nothing was completely explained at the end; there always has to be a cliffhanger to entice the reader to get the next book.
And Juniper/Kayla was hard to empathize with. She was basically emotionless. Well, other than being confused, she really didn't show any other emotions, which took me a long time to get used to. She might be like this for a reason, but the fact that she showed no character growth by the end of the book really frustrated me. I felt like I got no where in the book.
The plot was interesting enough though. The theories for the Highers and vampires was pretty cool, and I would love to see more of Monarch's story, but I doubt that'll be revealed until much later. The writing wasn't bad, although I noticed a couple of typos throughout the book that was a little distracting.
Something else distracting was that the cover lied. She did not use a sword AT ALL in the book. I was quite disappointed about this. (Swordfighting is freakin' awesome.)
Dunno if I want to read the sequel. Someone's going to have to convince me to. ...more
The main reason why I even finished the book was because I initially kept on telling myself that the bThis book just...didn't really hold my interest.
The main reason why I even finished the book was because I initially kept on telling myself that the book would get better if I just got a little farther in the story, but then I was more than half way through with it, and I still didn't care if I ever finished the book. It became an obligation by then for me to finish reading Promise because of the fact that I was almost done with the book anyway, so I might as well finish it.
There were a couple of reasons why I did not enjoy Promise so much. While there were some good scenes and interesting action sequences, the cons outweighed the pros. For one, there were so many cheesy romantic scenes in the book that had me groaning almost every time; I'm just glad that most of them were only one- or two-liners. Alexis kind of pissed me off at the climax and the whole time afterwords -- her attitude and actions just made her suddenly seem like this weak, needy girl who didn't want to understand what was going on. And the way that the story was told just didn't interest me enough to want to read it immediately, which is why it took me so long to finish Promise (other than the fact that I had a very busy life for the past few weeks).
Anyway, I'm sure that many people will enjoy this first book of the Soul Saver series. I, however, did not....more
I did not like this book, which is why I couldn't finish it. However, I'm still not sure if I should rate this book as two stars instead of one.
I meanI did not like this book, which is why I couldn't finish it. However, I'm still not sure if I should rate this book as two stars instead of one.
I mean, The Healer's Apprentice isn't terrible -- it's just stale and predictable, making it impossible for me to continue reading. The characters aren't original at all; they're stale, 2D characters that you could find in any book. You've got the poor but beautiful heroine with a heart of gold, the honorable prince, and his younger brother who's a player trying to change his way, all stuck in a love triangle. Unless there's some huge plot twist near the end, I could already see how the book was going to be like.
Nothing stood out to me in this book.
I'd recommend it to anyone who's a fan of historical fiction who has nothing else to read....more
Decided to drop the book. Started reading it a while ago and kind of lost interest since it had some Twilight-ish themes in the beginning which was aDecided to drop the book. Started reading it a while ago and kind of lost interest since it had some Twilight-ish themes in the beginning which was a big turn-off for me. While the plot show some originality later in the middle, I still wasn't that interested enough to finish reading the last hundred pages....more