First thoughts: Well, I wanted to take a short break from the teen market and decided that a little thriller would be the way forward.Page Count: 435
First thoughts: Well, I wanted to take a short break from the teen market and decided that a little thriller would be the way forward. I had always wanted to read a James Patterson novel and after researching his books this one appealed most to me!
Setting: The setting takes place in Hollywood, California. It also goes back and forth from Washington D.C. In the last few chapters it takes place in Vermont. All setting were well described and very appealing to imagine.
Characters: Well, the main character here is the highly famous, Dr. Alex Cross. Cross is a FBI agent/ doctor. He's been through a lot in the past books (from what I've read) and this book is no different. He's full of emotion and dedication: for both his work and family. Mr. Patterson should be proud of such a profound and well known character. The antagonist of this is a killer only know as Mary Smith. Mary comes across as a very crazy and sad killer. Along with Alex's children and his grandparents and his few date/ love interests AND the FBI agents, it all makes for a book full of words and perspective.
Style: Well, James Pattersons' style was . . . Different. Since I haven't read that many adult novels it took a few pages to get used to. It is very, very different than the styles of authors I read in the YA genre, which eventually made for a nice change. He uses short chapters and choppy interesting sentences to keep the reader, well . . . Wanting to read.
Plot: Basically a murderer is killing major Hollywood players. She (and possibly he) goes only by the name of Mary Smith. Shortly after each kill Mary sends emails describing each murder in vivid detail. It's up to Alex Cross and LAPD to stop Mary sending another chilling update. Alexa has to juggle this and his family and love life. The plot worked, it was definitely scary and very thrilling. You get a proper feel for the murderer, who really is just a crazy woman (or man?) killing off the A-List. I found the plot interesting and sophisticated, for a adult thriller novel.
The cover: My problem. I didn't like the cover but I didn't hate it either. People might respect the simpicity of it, but for me a cover has to be out there and attracting because it's the first thing a consumer sees. For me, it didn't do it.
Thoughts: Well if you like thrillers, or if your looking for a change of style and scenery this is for you. It really keeps you guessing. It keeps your heart going and in the end you eventually get a shocker of a surprise. The 'Cross' followers really will enjoy this tense and pacey novel. Even teens like me!
First thoughts: Well, I decided to buy this book because I heard it was getting nice reviews online. I also loved the cover, which madePage Count: 452
First thoughts: Well, I decided to buy this book because I heard it was getting nice reviews online. I also loved the cover, which made me want to buy it!
Setting: Well, this story takes place in a very secluded and closed off reform school. Where I'm from I didn't have a clue what that was so after some googling I got the gist. The school itself was easy to picture, and the fact that there's a cemetery on the school grounds where Civil War soilders were buried kept me interesting in my surroundings. We only ever got to go outside the school once or twice. The tree/lake area seemed magical and angelic and warm.
Characters: Well, Miss. Lauren Kate really does it well. We have the main character Lucinda Price (Luce for short). She, at the begging was very hard to read, maybe because of why she was in their? But as we made are way through the book she made lots of friends and she slotted into the main charrie slot perfectly. One thing I really couldn't picture though was her frickin' hair! Then we get introduced to the two main male leads. The dark and confident Cam. His black hair and dark, alluring mind really does come into play. I pictured him perfectly. Then there's . . . Daniel. I could get why girls would like him, he seemed perfect for Luce. Too perfect. Everything described about him is 'golden'. He plays good boy in the book. The bunch of minor roles and friends throughout the book really made it for me. They rocked.
Style: Lauren Kate has a style of writing like no other. That, for me, was my favourite thing when reading. The writing kept me thirstier for more, it kept me wanting to turn the page. She flowed well, and I never stumbled once when reading. The very, long chapters sometimes grated on my nerves but that was it. Lauren Kate is a stunning author. She did well . . .
Plot: The plot was . . . well, the plot was okay. The fact that the whole thing took place in a reform school kept it original and new. The plot did have some stereotypical tendencies, with the 'love' triangle thing, and the good boy, bad boy vibe. Although what you get in the end is really different and cool. It had me sitting on the edge of my seat. The ending was riddled with a few oh-my-God-wasn't-expecting-that-moments! I liked it enough that I am going to defiantly pick up 'Torment' the next book in the series.
The cover: Now, I really do love, love, love this cover. But - it's very deceiving! If you hadn't of read the blurb that front cover would have made you think the book was about something else completely. Anyway, it is dark. It is standing out on my shelf, and it is beautiful!
Thoughts: Well, it wasn't totally amazing, but saying that I did enjoy this book, and hope to be seeing Daniel and Luce again very soon! I would suggest this to anyone looking for young romance with mysterious edginess and twists.