As a general fan of Anderson's Speak and Fever 1793, I found myself once again captured by her rich language and dead-on sarcasm. Although the novel iAs a general fan of Anderson's Speak and Fever 1793, I found myself once again captured by her rich language and dead-on sarcasm. Although the novel is by far inferior to her other works, readers are sure to be pleased with a book that offers vivid descriptions and phrases that are a refreshing break from the drab works of the modern day YA novel.
Anderson displays a mastery of language used to show the deeply rooted sarcasm in the modern day teenager. With phrases like "Don't get me wrong, I like reading. But some books should come with warning labels: Caution: contains characters and plots guaranteed to induce sleepiness. Do not attempt to operate heavy machinery after ingesting more than one chapter." and "I looked like a deformed vegetable swaddled in a Santa suit." readers are sure to be pleased with her colorful writing and witty humor.
Although the writing of the book is excellent, the plot is subpar. Most of the novel seems to simply meander through daily, drab activities; however, Anderson does wrap the book up quite nicely at the end, although she creates and overly emotional moment between Tyler and his father that is completely absurd. They aren't exactly showering each other with love and affection throughout the novel.
Anderson's protagonist, Tyler Miller, is completely relatable. I kept nodding to myself and thinking "That's just like me" or "Sounds like **insert name**" He is the typical insecure teenager just trying to make it through the teenage years in one piece, a quality that everyone of all ages can relate to; yet, I find her portrayal of high school stereotypical(is it just me and my rural school of 500 max, or does it seem like every high school based novel/movie/show is completely unrealistic?). I couldn't relate to his social isolation, but I could see qualities and attitudes in him that I shared.
Bottom Line: I only gave this book 3 stars because of the lack of plot progression. Based solely on language and quality of writing, I would easily rate this a 5. If you're looking for rich, colorful descriptions that pinpoint the thoughts and feelings of the average American boy, this novel if for you. If you want an exciting novel, or even a novel with a better plot, I suggest moving on to a different Anderson novel. ...more
It's been awhile since I read this book, but I hated it so much that I have to review it.
This book was a major disappoinment. I wanted to read the booIt's been awhile since I read this book, but I hated it so much that I have to review it.
This book was a major disappoinment. I wanted to read the book so bad because the plot sounded similar to my favorite tv show Supernatural, a show the originally started out centered around two hunter brothers that had lost their mother to a demon but later evolved to include angels and demons. The show is fantastic, unlike this book. The annoying thing is, the book has MAJOR potential to be amazing and if only the plot was more developed and the characters less annoying.
First off, the main character, the teenage girl, who's name I can't even remember, is a major crybaby. She talks herself up so much that you think she is some badass hunter, but she isn't. She's just an annoying and unrelatable wus. It seems as if every other chapter she just bawls her eyes out over her dead father. I understand having a character crying once or twice, weakness makes characters believable and enhaces the plot, but seriously, the girl cries way to much and just adds to the stereotypical emotional female persona.
Secondly, the plot is very hard to follow. The book just doesn't transition well from event to event. It was rocky, confusing, and generally annoying considering it was coupled with the protagonist's unending crying. It seemed like there was no point to most of the story and that it just wasn't going anywhere.
Finally, in one part of the story, the girl's newly made best friend is described as something like "a halfy" or along those lines. This confused me to no end. Was the boy a human-vampire halfbreed? I later read that another reviewer thought this refered to his half-Asian appearance, which made much more sense.
Overall, do not waste your time with this book, especially if you are annoyed with today's lack of strong female characters.
**spoiler alert** In all honesty, this book completely blows. With underdeveloped characters, plotlines, and lead-ins, Evernight is sure to disappoint**spoiler alert** In all honesty, this book completely blows. With underdeveloped characters, plotlines, and lead-ins, Evernight is sure to disappoint any reader looking for even a semi-deep book. First off, the preview on the back of the book couldn't get any more general. Aside from naming the school and the main characters, Bianca and Lucas, the summary gives nothing on what the book is about. It's just the typical "teenage girl at high school has a conncection with outcast teenage boy." Even though the back didn't catch my interest, I still wanted to read what I hoped was a decently written book.
What annoyed me the most was the lack of lead-ins and forshadowing in the book. Sure, Bianca has a nightmare about an unknown flower[she later finds the flower as a broch and buys it, now why would you want to buy something that you had nightmares about??], but the meaning of the nightmare is only briefly and poorly explained. About half way through the book it's revealed that Bianca is a vampire, a fact that other reviews said was obvious, but to me it was a complete curve ball. The author barely lead into the reveal. It was just BAM!, Bianca is a vamp. At this point I thought the plot was finally going to spead up and get more interesting, but I was wrong. Later you find out that Lucas is a vampire hunter, and again, there is no lead-in or forshadowing.
Chemistry is what makes romance books good. It makes or breaks the genre. Unfortunatley, the chemistry between Lucas and Biance is poorly described and has almost no build up. There is only the typical, average "he gets me" thing going on between them. The characters don't even know each other and therefore the romance is dissapointing, yet they claim to love each other, which does occur in typical teenage realtionships, so props for at least some relatability. Still the lack of believable chemistry just annoyed me.
Finally, the plot is just blah. Reading this book I got a sense that the author didn't even plan out the story. The twist occured so suddenly and without forshadowing that it made me beleive she just randomly decided to throw in whatever she felt like. When I read a book with a great twist, I look back and think about any clues that could have lead up to the reveal, but this book has none which greatly takes away from what minimal plotline that is already there. In general, the plot was just plain uninteresting.
Unless you want a shallow, underdeveloped book with no substance, then don't read this book. I would have given it a 1 out of 5 stars but I gave it a 2 for the vampire twist halfway through.