I really feel that this book deserves a better rating--it's good; but there's just something about it that's stopping me from liking it more than I doI really feel that this book deserves a better rating--it's good; but there's just something about it that's stopping me from liking it more than I do, and I can't even tell what it is.
First off, there's nothing negative I can say about the writing style. It's great; a smooth, easy-to-read narration, with the pacing just right. Consistency is a big plus, too.
Next. I liked many of the characters here, on differing levels and points. They were very whole, well-rounded people who felt real, at least in my opinion. And not just one, but so many of them. It'd take me hours to explain how that came out nicely in the book, but it's enough to say that it did, in a magnificent way.
The romance was... Well, honestly speaking here, I was absolutely looking forward to some nice, make-me-smile-like-an-idiot romance. Not to say that it didn't. And not that I wasn't satisfied with it either. It just left me confused. Yeah, that's it. I was confused about the romance. If that makes any sense. (And as I'm writing this review, it barely does.)
So, there you have it. It's a very messed up review, I know, but that's exactly how I'm feeling right now. Puzzled and...lacking...something. And I'm not not recommending it. Give it a try if you're up to some girly friendships and other types of...relationships. (Don't worry, it doesn't mean anything negative.)...more
When I saw this book, I was super duper hyped about it. The synopsis was very interesting to me--antihero (kind of), mystery, detective stuff, loss ofWhen I saw this book, I was super duper hyped about it. The synopsis was very interesting to me--antihero (kind of), mystery, detective stuff, loss of a good friend, etc. Which is why I read it as soon as I could. So, you can just imagine me not appreciating the first few chapters where I was wondering who the heck was this guy (main character) praising, ogling at, and making out with this girl half the time she's there. OK, so, I'm not anti-romance, don't get me wrong. But this book, for me, was supposed to be different. Sure, why not have romance? I love plots mixed in with romance, too. But...I don't know. Maybe I couldn't appreciate it since it was right at the beginning where I didn't even know the characters yet.
The mystery bit was OK, how the MC discovered this and that, how this related to that, etc. etc. By around 50%, I stayed up too late into the night reading, so there's your proof that the book did have my interest halfway through. And actually, the book did seem better and improved for me around that time.
(view spoiler)[Honestly, I was relentlessly being suspicious of Parvati since the story came around to the part where Max was discovered in the Colonel's cabin. Seriously, I thought it was her who killed Preston, and I had good reason--the cabin, the Las Vegas trip and the arson, the shark's tooth. What I didn't have was the motive. But, I never thought of Preston's motive either. And I don't know what to say about that matter. At first, his reasons seemed rather childish and trivial. After some time, though, I realized that I could never really underestimate people's feelings just because I feel otherwise. Dramatic and cheesy, yes. But that's why I have nothing to say about Preston and his killing motive, and I can't completely blame him for being mad at Max because of the adopted parents thing. Though I do wish he and Max had ended (or patched things up) better, and not just "goodbye and stay in prison" kind of ending. (hide spoiler)]
The characters, in the beginning, felt flat to me. The MC: typical HS boy, a bit rebellious, insecure, untrusting but to a few. The girl: popular, rich man's daughter, sexy, manipulative (for me). The friend: nice, a bit aloof. And that's it, them sticking to these traits. The MC was the first to feel more alive, probably because he's the narrator. The others (aside from these three) were OK, too. They're not really...spectacular, in these terms, but they were pretty good.
I really can't say whether I liked or disliked this book. Honestly, I was about to drop it after the first five chapters or so. By half and towards the end, it got better, but I'm not sure if I'm satisfied with it. Some good mystery plot, but that's about where it really interested me.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more