I was curious to see how Mia's journey panned out which is why I read this last installment. Honestly, it was a harder book to read than the last one.I was curious to see how Mia's journey panned out which is why I read this last installment. Honestly, it was a harder book to read than the last one. Either the author didn't care about his spelling and typos errors, his inconsistencies, or the names of his characters or he was so rushed to get it finished that he didn't proofread/edit his work. Neither is acceptable. Resurfacing characters seemed to lack the limited dimension built in the previous two books, for a moment I even forgot who "Red" was once her identity was revealed. I didn't care about Mia at all. She read like a disobedient, spoiled teenager, and given the environment she was raised in I was expecting a more mature attitude. Overall, book one was a fast read and the story concept was intriguing. The second and last books could have both been missed. I expect the last book in a trilogy to round up most of what has occured in the previous two but this ending was so very disappointing. Mia's throwaway line about a new game and choosing sides seemed to be entirely superfluous and fell totally flat for me....more
I was looking forward to this sequel and started it straight after I finished the first book; however, I was disappointed. First of all the editing andI was looking forward to this sequel and started it straight after I finished the first book; however, I was disappointed. First of all the editing and proof-reading in this book was so awful I doubt it was even checked. The mistakes were avoidable and almost seemed rushed. They were distracting and impacted the overall reading experience for me. Secondly, the storyline was too unbelievable. I appreciate the story in the first book was extreme and much of the content horrific, but book two—which followed Stephen's journey and experience with The Court —had me rolling my eyes on more than one occasion. The Court is supposed to be this elite secret society, however, with the exception of Marcus (an honest FBI Agent) and his media girlfriend, everyone Stephen encounters is either part of The Court or knows about The Game. This has got to be the worst kept secret in Texas. Lastly, there is a scene in the book where Stephen and Marcus go all vigilante. It was at this point that I lost all sympathy for Stephen. I understood his anger and his desire for revenge but this just seemed unnecessary. I have obtained the third book, mostly because this last installment is set ten years later and focuses on Mia. Also because, unfortunately, I can't read two out of a trilogy and ditch the last one. I won't be reading anything else the author writes....more
Although fairly brutal, I liked the overall premise of this book. The terror of being kidnapped, having to fight for your survival—no matter the cost—Although fairly brutal, I liked the overall premise of this book. The terror of being kidnapped, having to fight for your survival—no matter the cost—and the horrific revelation on how the characters came to be there; it was these aspects of the book that kept me reading. Honestly, I didn't really like any of the characters. Most were either weak or selfish, naive or just plain stupid—the nonsense with the chits and loan system reinforced this. Some of their behaviour could be put down to denial but I wasn't convinced of this. Stephen, our underdog, almost became likeable near the end but even in his moment of opportunistic revenge he fell short. Admittedly, the book ended on enough of a cliffhanger that I immediately bought the second book and this picks up where the first story ends, so we'll see if my opinion of Stephen can be swayed. I did find some of the editing and typos frustrating throughout. Annoyingly it seemed to be the same errors reoccuring, suggesting that this either wasn't officially edited at all or was done so poorly....more
My amazing friend wrote Moonglow Avenue, the first in a trilogy of childrens' books, and he has done me proud.
We start with Ryan and his sister NicolMy amazing friend wrote Moonglow Avenue, the first in a trilogy of childrens' books, and he has done me proud.
We start with Ryan and his sister Nicole who have just moved into their house. Their neighbours, Jasmine and Billy, are introduced organically into the story and each of these four characters plays their own important part throughout the book.
I didn't have to wait long for the magic to start; the children stumble onto Moonglow Avenue fairly quickly and it's all go from there.
Witches, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and even a curious, little old cat lady.
Gary kept the adventure, and the story, running at a good pace, and after the kids found Moonglow it seemed like there was never a dull moment....more