While I would like to write a real review about how much I love this book I am too busy suffering from an extreme case of unadulterated fangirl glee aWhile I would like to write a real review about how much I love this book I am too busy suffering from an extreme case of unadulterated fangirl glee and awe.
Instead I'll try to bullet point a few things:
-So. Much. Sass. -Brilliant fucking badass heroine yaaaasssss!!!! -The exact perfect amount of romance (melt MY heart you brilliant bastards?!?! BRAVO) -actual relationship with actual communication WOW (NOT instalove or drama for the sake of it) -Whiplash plot turns without getting convoluted or stupid -Secrets and conspiracy theories *queue X-Files theme whistling* -Creeeeepineeeesss... and also pants-poopingly scary!!! -Weird experimental stuff ala House of Leaves done precisely right <3<3<3<3
Basically I think this might be a perfect book that could have been written specifically to tickle 95% of the things that make me hug a book for 10+ minutes after I'm done reading it.
Ps. If the sequels take a Lovecraftian turn I'm going to assume that the writer's have somehow tapped directly into the happy centers of my brain meat.
This book deserves 5 stars but I can't bring myself to give it a Star rating yet. I've never had a book hangover that felt this ugly. The text is beauThis book deserves 5 stars but I can't bring myself to give it a Star rating yet. I've never had a book hangover that felt this ugly. The text is beautiful and rambling and lively and it is also just ugly ugly ugly. So it's brilliant but I've never been good at books that hurt. Read with caution....more
Not really a zombie book or a poetry book but contains stories that draw on these. It is more anthology than novel with some creepy stories interspersNot really a zombie book or a poetry book but contains stories that draw on these. It is more anthology than novel with some creepy stories interspersed in the haunted house narrative. Some did nothing for me but more as a matter of taste than as a reflection of the stories. Very light reading for horror but I'll definitely check out the sequel. ...more
This book might have ended up a 2 except I have a weakness for shaky cam movies and that is what this book is. It's the Blair Witch project in novel fThis book might have ended up a 2 except I have a weakness for shaky cam movies and that is what this book is. It's the Blair Witch project in novel format. Like I said, I have a soft spot for the gimmick.
The question is "Does it work?"
Well, yes and no. I think the framing ends up keeping the characters at a distance from the reader. With the exception of the director/main character Derik it's hard to know the other characters even when we're in their heads. This might be chalked up to not enough "screen time" as the book jumps from character to character so only Derik really gets enough time to make a real impression. It means he has the most flaws as well which makes him the most relatable. Everyone else with the possible exception of Mimi is a bit of a cardboard cutout: the clown, the brain, the pretentious art guy, and the drama queen. Mimi is "the goth' but she manages to crawl out of her pigeon hole just a little more than the others. Derik is "the player" but since we mostly only see him through his own lens the stereotype doesn't get played as hard.
Sometimes it does work though and there are some really touching moments for the characters but the filming aspect felt underused as a way to understand the characters as their behaviour was either hyper aware of the camera to the point of buffoonery or they ignored it so completely that it felt unrealistic. I can see how the premise and framing could have been really effective but it fails to be used with any subtlety and the end result is ultimately shallow.
The story plays out very cinematically and you can picture the eeriness of the setting which I think was a strong point for the author. The pacing is a little odd though. Near the end there is an action sequence that if it had come near the beginning would have contributed to the setting as ominous but coming near the end it only breaks up the creepy flow that has been established. It just seemed out of place to have a physical scare when one that could have been read as paranormal was called for.
In the end it feels like the kind of book that makes people say "Of course it's not very good, it's just YA" and that is a shame. Having said that I think this book attempts to do something ambitious and I would give the author another chance just to see how she does with a more standard framing to her narrative.
If this were a movie I would probably buy the directors cut with all the side reels and bloopers and the "making of documentary" anniversary blue-ray edition. As a book I'm content to have borrowed it from the library....more