It's kind of hard for me to rate this book. I really really enjoyed it. But the ending sort of dragged on. They kept insisting that there was immediatIt's kind of hard for me to rate this book. I really really enjoyed it. But the ending sort of dragged on. They kept insisting that there was immediate turmoil but: they had to go here and then they had to go here and then this happened, and then - ugh, it was so frustrating! I felt like I wanted to be in the Monty Python and the Holy Grail and just scream, "Get on with it". So because of the very long, very drawn out ending, I seriously considered giving this book a 3 star rating. But as the ending is only one part of the whole, I stuck with 4. But only because I can't give it 3.5. The characters are beautifully thought out. And I love that the book is from a normal mortals perspective. If it had been from Lena's, it would have been another cliche book written from a Mary Sue. And since it wasn't, I believe I was saved from a lot more angst than I could have been shown. I still maintain that I would have even loved this book even if there was nothing supernatural about it and it was just a story about a new weird girl moving to a small town and the ripples she makes. Will read again but not for the plot. Just the carefully thought out backstory. :)...more
I'm rather torn between giving this two stars and three. Maybe 2.5 would be justified. It was a fantastic approach to a classic. But unfortunately, thI'm rather torn between giving this two stars and three. Maybe 2.5 would be justified. It was a fantastic approach to a classic. But unfortunately, that's where it stops. The writing is bland, and the story (under the classic tale) is a bit cliche. There were, however, some saving graces. Firstly, while the writing is poor and the story telling, over used, the plot was enough to drive me forward and finish it. Mostly because it revolved around a character. Which was THE saving grace of this book. Hatter. Any Mad Hatter character will win some love from me since I have an over fondness for insane characters - but this interpretation was amazing to read. He was clearly the authors favorite as he is well and above the most developed character of the story and therefore, one can surmise, the most like able. I kept reading just to figure out when I would see him again. Would I recommend this? Mmm, perhaps if someone wanted a quick read on a lazy spring day where they could put it down and take a nap. Or if you enjoy reading about one side character. Otherwise, I'm sure there are other better representations of this classic tale....more
I hated this book so much, I literally had to stop myself from reading it. I hated the main characters so much I was hoping that she would get suckedI hated this book so much, I literally had to stop myself from reading it. I hated the main characters so much I was hoping that she would get sucked back into the Everneath just so I wouldn't read it anymore. This book starts off in the middle of the plot, which I didn't mind too much. But it skips back and forth between the past and the present. And not only that, but after the prologue, I'm suddenly alerted that she suddenly only has 6 months before she Returns. Why? Where did that even come from? I imagine that it MIGHT have been revealed later how she figured this out - but I doubt it, honestly. The writing is very poor. The male antagonist personified after Hades, has this complex, evidently, that he feels the absolute need to say the main girl's name about 90% of the time he talks to her. The characters have completely vague descriptions, and shallow personalities due to not being fully developed. Also, again with suddenly being introduced to things about characters while reading. Such as Cole standing in her room for five pages and then suddenly being told that he has a guitar on his back. Also - why is there a guy in her room, playing a guitar and her over protective father (that has just finished lecturing her) not hearing this? Or his motorcycle that peels away in front of the house? My favorite part was really the "oh by the way, I have a brother" in chapter three. And some of the writing was so terrible, I had to highlight it such as -
"He gave me a smile that I could've sold on the internet for money." What does that mean?? How?? How could you possibly do that??
And my all time favorite - "Look, Nik. I can't lose you. WE can be partners. With you by my side, and with the band backing us, we could take over." Because every dark lord of the dead has a band.
I couldn't do it. I couldn't finish it. I read it because of all the star ratings, but I was very disappointed. :( And one star because I can't rate it a half. ...more
Amazing, amazing, amazing! So *not* what I expected. It was like it was heading toward every single cliche moment and then took the complete oppositeAmazing, amazing, amazing! So *not* what I expected. It was like it was heading toward every single cliche moment and then took the complete opposite turn. Loved it from start to finish. A refreshing read. One book that I could not put down....more
At first it was very, very tiring to read a book where the main character is so angry all the time. But by the third chapter I had figured out the entAt first it was very, very tiring to read a book where the main character is so angry all the time. But by the third chapter I had figured out the entire plot line. But - there were a few subplots that I was mildly surprised by, but despite knowing what was going on and wanting to beat everyone until they had some sense - it was very well written. Even when I finished a chapter, I still wanted to continue reading - even though I knew what was going to happen. Which was very rare, thus the heightened rating. Also, a LOT of people have been comparing this series to the TV show, "Supernatural" but there's hardly anything to compare to. ...more