Being just slightly younger than dirt, I was not around when "the moving pictures" relied heavily on weekly serials. And I can see that this is a coul...moreBeing just slightly younger than dirt, I was not around when "the moving pictures" relied heavily on weekly serials. And I can see that this is a could thing.
I hate it when books just end on this big cliffhanger. (Connie Willis, I'm talkin' to you! Blackout anyone?? Deborah Harkness, you too!) Thankfully, I didn't read this one until the 2nd book has long been out apparently. So I can pick up "Of Triton" quite easily. But I still find it annoying.
That being said.....
I downloaded Of Poseidon this summer when it was a free offering on SYNC for the summer program. Last weekend, traveling 2.5 hours with a couple of my daughters in the car, we started listening to this. All three of us were immediately drawn in to the story. We didn't finish it during the ride home, but we are all finishing individually.
It kept me as an adult entertained and a 19 yo and 14yo. That isn't easy to do. Won't go rehashing the plot. I will just tell you it is something that can keep all ages tuned in. And it doesn't have a sexualized plotline that would embarrass parent, grandparent or teen.(less)
Back in the day, 30 years ago or so, I looked forward to that pulpy catalog from Scholastic each month. It was such a treat to buy a book. It was thro...moreBack in the day, 30 years ago or so, I looked forward to that pulpy catalog from Scholastic each month. It was such a treat to buy a book. It was through Scholastic I discovered Lois Duncan. And let me tell you, "Summer of Fear" scared the bejesus out of me! I know I read other Duncan books, but "Summer of Fear was my favorite.
Fast forward another 20ish years and I watched "I Know What You Did Last Summer" on cable. I must not have paid attention to the credits because I didn't realize it was based on the young adult novel by Lois Duncan. Well, that's okay because the book is totally different from the movie.
I feel a little like there has been a disturbance in the space time continuum. Here is a Lois Duncan novel with cell phones and texting. It didn't fit the mental compartment that Lois Duncan novels were filed under. So that was a little strange. But it would only bother the oldies like me. (And oh my gosh Lois Duncan is on TWITTER! Who's next Jane Austen on facebook?)
I don't think IKWYDLS is as bone-chillingly nerve wracking as the other Duncan novels I've read. Hence only 3 stars. But it is still well done. Glad I read it. Can't go wrong with Lois Duncan.(less)
I've read a couple of Kelley Armstrong's other books, Bitten and Stolen, and really liked them. When Audible had this one on sale for under $5 I snapp...moreI've read a couple of Kelley Armstrong's other books, Bitten and Stolen, and really liked them. When Audible had this one on sale for under $5 I snapped it up thinking it was a sure-fire winner. And I enjoy books that are in series in general. Same characters, new situations, furthering the plotlines.
And the story here is good. Maya is 16. She lives in a very small town on Vancouver Island. Her father is a ranger on a park reserve. She is close to her parents. She loves the wild life available and seems to have a gift in healing the injured ones. She is pragmatic, respects nature and appears content in her life.
Then, like a pebble in your shoe, things begin to go slightly off. Not in a your world is turned completely upside down kind of way. But subtly. At first not noticeably . Her best friend, an extremely strong swimmer drowns. Then she starts have weird dreams. And cougars are hanging around her. You know, the usual.
Armstrong has a set of characters that are interesting and likable. And I care about them and want to know what will happen.
When I read a series, I know there will be certain plot lines that will float from book to book. I get that. That is one of the things that keeps me excited about reading each installment. However, I really want the individual plot of this volume to be wrapped up. And in the Women of the other world, she did that. But not here. This book just ended like a B Movie serial on a Saturday afternoon. When I am late to discover a series that is okay because I'm usually several volumes behind. But not this time. The next book is supposed to be out sometime in 2012? I wish I had paid more attention because I would have waited.
That doesn't mean this book is awful and I won't downgrade the star rating or anything. But I figure I owe it to you to warn you.