I'm sorry, but I just can't continue on anymore. This book had a really interesting premise and I was actually enjoying it quite a bitDNF at page 297
I'm sorry, but I just can't continue on anymore. This book had a really interesting premise and I was actually enjoying it quite a bit at first, but it all went downhill pretty quickly. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer has all the delightful qualities of a terrible book, including the following:
1) Every girl that isn't Mara is completely evil. They are standard cut-out mean high school girls that detest Mara the second they meet her for no apparent reason. God forbid there be any decent female characters. Though I didn't finish the book and therefore can't be sure, her previous friends Rachel and Claire didn't seem like winners either.
2) Her family annoyed me. Her brother is perfect and boring.
3) The romance was just . . . blah. Noah Shaw falls in rapid insta-love with Mara for no reason despite having been with tons of women. He's gorgeous, rich, has a British accent, a nice car and a perfect grade point average. Basically any good quality in a guy you can think of, this guy has it. No faults here.
4) I was into the paranormal aspect of the story. Mara's hallucinations/delusions were the creepiest and best parts of the book. But the romance got to be too much and felt like it was drowning out anything in the story of any real importance.
Nope, just nope. This novel is too superficial for me. Moving on.
1. Cas is an excellent protagonist. Though he has a grim profession, he's confident and at times, pretty funny. One mReasons why this book is awesome:
1. Cas is an excellent protagonist. Though he has a grim profession, he's confident and at times, pretty funny. One might argue that he's annoyingly arrogant but I think he was just a badass.
2. All of the creepiness. Blake is so good at this kind of writing! I'm not going to lie, I wasn't genuinely creeped out until the climax of the book, but the descriptions and events leading up to it were still very well done.
3. (view spoiler)[ I was completely surprised when we found out about that ghost attaching itself to Cas's knife. And that scene where it suddenly appeared in his house was the creepy thing that scared me. (hide spoiler)]
4. I loved how Carmel wasn't a stereotypical high school queen. Her character could have easily gone in that direction, but instead she actually turned out to be very useful and sweet.
5. The romance. I admit, I felt Cas got attached to Anna a tiny bit too easily - out of all the ghosts he's killed, surely she's not the only one with such a sad backstory? Regardless, I loved their interactions and rooted for them.
So yeah. I had that one minor complaint, but otherwise this book is perfect and I'm definitely reading the sequel.
I've never been really big on westerns, but the cover for this book is gorgeous and the premise sounded interesting enough. I'm glad I gave it aWow!
I've never been really big on westerns, but the cover for this book is gorgeous and the premise sounded interesting enough. I'm glad I gave it a chance because I ended up enjoying it quite a bit more than I expected to.
The writing style is true to the setting; it's written in a southern, cowboy-ish dialect that was a little hard to get used to at first, but afterwards was awesome. Vengeance Road starts off with a bang; it immediately opens up with action and keeps its momentum throughout. The action scenes were intense and Bowman didn't shy away from making it gritty and bloody.
I loved Kate - she was so determined and fierce, and the love interest Jesse was adorable too (though at times a little moody).