Man was i fooled...fooled into believing I was about to embark on a enrapturing novel fool of suspense and equal part paranoia. I feel like I deserve...moreMan was i fooled...fooled into believing I was about to embark on a enrapturing novel fool of suspense and equal part paranoia. I feel like I deserve a t-shirt that says "I read this book and all I got was a massive migraine". I think the migraine is due to the fact that I bashed my head onto the table, wall, chair, well basically any hard surface that was around while I was reading this book.
First of all I agree with some of the points made by high reviewers/raters of this novel. YES, it had beautifully written parts! I enjoyed how the author made you really creep out at some of the threats that David found scattered around the house and other places.
I particularly enjoyed:
" IN THAT HALF SECOND WHEN YOU REACHED FOR THE DOOR, I CAME UP BESIDE YOU, DRILLED A HOLE IN YOUR HEEL, AND ATTACHED A TUBE THROUGH WHICH I AM CURRENTLY COLLECTING YOUR BONE MARROW. IT IS GOING INTO A BAG. I AM GOING TO SELL IT."
This threat makes you feel like you are an object waiting to be harvested or like you have no say in the matter therefore no means of protection or rights to objection.
The prose used to convey a sense of dark and untapped hate in the threats was amazing. I wished the whole book was filled with this. Unfortunately the threats were minimal and everything else in between was bland. David, the protagonist, is by far the MOST ANNOYING character I have even encountered in all the books I have read. I can't tell if he is so crushed by his wife's death or if he is simply too pathetic to function without her. Frankly speaking David's love for Franny was questionable. Was it love or was it necessity? Talk about dependency issues. The secondary characters are.....ummmm I have no idea what the purpose of the other characters were apart from Aileen. One dimensional and unmemorable almost like they were purposely put in to fill space.
Before I write a whole novella about the issues I had with this book I will just say this: If I could I would go back in time slap myself in the face when I went to purchase this book and just tell myself to read the threats and enjoy and contemplate them because that would be the ONLY thing worth reading. This book had no clear direction there was no ending (which is not bad in any means but at least make a point). I do believe beautiful stories can be told through wonderfully poignant spinets of prose but you need to have a clear sense of direction of where you are going and the story you are telling. This book failed to convey anything...just some empty threats.(less)
I have always been interested in the story of the Countess Bathory so when i saw this book I just had to buy it. It started off slow but...moreMmmmmeeehhhh!
I have always been interested in the story of the Countess Bathory so when i saw this book I just had to buy it. It started off slow but as soon as I was about to loose interest the story begins to pick up and even get a little juicy. In a weird it was kind of like reading about the latest gossip but not really. Its hard to describe the feeling I had when I read certain sections. Rebecca Johns makes the book a smooth read although I can not say that I was not disappointed in the portrayal of Countess Bathory.
Lets start with what I did enjoy. I liked the section of the book that concentrates on her life before and during marriage period, as well as a small part of her later life. The story during these sections kept building my interest towards the main character and her life and aspirations. I felt pulled into the story and I excited about the power this woman exuded. I feel like the best sections in the book are when the protagonist displays her strength and passion.
What i feel was a major let down of this book was the odd twist the story starts to develop in the mid 'second section'. It's weird to understand if you haven't read the book but its separated into sections and so the second half of the book focuses on her later years. I saw a drastic turn in the Countess's prowess. To me she almost became in a way like Madame Bovary. The two novels are not to be compared because, to me, they have no real similarities. However; I bring it up because I saw a side of John's Bathory that reminded me of the same feelings i got when I read Madame Bovary. I know this may seem like a lousy review but honestly I think you will understand if you read this book. Not to say anything negative about the classic but I wanted more from Bathory. I wanted to learn more about the powerful woman behind the story of blood and vanity and I feel like all I got was a lousy t-shirt of some sort.
The ending...well actually the whole story left a lot to be desired. I would not have minded for the book to be longer because I kept waiting for greatness but all I could muster was disappointment. It built a good foundation but as the blocks were being piled higher the structure started to shake, wiggle, and sway and ultimately it was a FLOP!
This was a nice short read. It was not really spooky but it was quite a melancholy read. I have read some reviews that said that it has a happy ending...moreThis was a nice short read. It was not really spooky but it was quite a melancholy read. I have read some reviews that said that it has a happy ending and I don´t know if agree, I mean i see the happiness but then in the end I´m still left with this lump of sadness in the pit of my stomach. Not quite sure what that is all about maybe some emotional blockage leftover from reading this book but its still there.
Don´t get me wrong I liked it but I guess it just goes to show that death is permanent.Other than that I would recommend this book if you are looking for a touching story about love, strength, belief and friendship. It´s not too sappy and there are some good suspenseful parts of the book. (less)
DAMMIT!!! I was tricked again! This shows me how I should really start looking books up before I read them so that I don´t get stuck in the situation...moreDAMMIT!!! I was tricked again! This shows me how I should really start looking books up before I read them so that I don´t get stuck in the situation I am in now with this book. Recently I have been on what I call a ¨ongoing series strike¨. This was put in place due to the fact that I am extremely impatient when it comes to books,in a series, taking FOREVER to come out. I will go into a state of utter despair and gnaw off my arms....not really but you get the gist. This happened with me in Harry Potter, House of Night, The Hunger Games, Twilight series as well as many other other series/trilogies that I shall not name for the sake of my own sanity.
I can honestly say that the book was worth the agonizing half an hour sulking session I had after finishing it. There were instances that did not mash up very smoothly. I´m not gonna lie I had to read some parts of the dialogue over again to see if what I had understood the first time was what the author had intended. The dialogue and story took some nose dives but then it had ways of slowly creeping up and seeping into your brain, in an enjoyable way. I liked the characters. The the main character is not your typical YA female protagonist. Something about her is a little off like the smell of feta cheese. It´s off but its still so good.
I would recommend this book if you like to read series and don´t mind waiting for major cliffhangers. If you are like me though, well lets just say its a good read but it would be even better if I had more of the series to continue reading. (less)