a.) Characters: 4/5 score. The story is told from Mattie’s point of view. Even though she is 14 when the story first opens, and they are talkiReview:
a.) Characters: 4/5 score. The story is told from Mattie’s point of view. Even though she is 14 when the story first opens, and they are talking about marrying her, she still had a childish feel to her character. But as the story progresses, she has to grow up. It starts August 16th and stretches until November 10th, the epilogue taking place only a month later. We travel through the story with her as she grows into an amazingly strong young woman.
b.) Plot: 4/5 score. When the story first opens, Mattie is awoken by her mother. There are things to be done, so we are hooked by tasks and chores. Slowly, the fever takes over the plot as it took over the lives of many in the era. With each incident, I found myself equally gasping and holding my breath. Especially since we know that the practice of bleeding doesn’t work, that the yellow fever is spread by mosquitoes, that guns and cannons don’t clean the air with their gunpowder.
c.) Writing style: 5/5 score. Laurie Halse Anderson’s writing style is poetic.She thoroughly builds the world with each task, each description, each character. You are taken back to 1793, you experience the fear of the fever, and you are hopeful despite what we know now about medicine. It is not hard to read this cover to cover as you are wrapped in the world she weaves. She did a load of research into this, some of which can be found at the end of the book in the Appendix.
Side Note: I read the Kindle version (How to Kill Yourself in a Small Town), but plan on buying the hardbackThis review can also be found on my blog.
Side Note: I read the Kindle version (How to Kill Yourself in a Small Town), but plan on buying the hardback (Halo Bound) as soon as my paycheck hits my pockets.
a.) Characters: 5/5 score. If I could describe these characters any better, I would, but the synopsis does a damn good job. I was absolutely blown away by every character that was in this book. There was minimal explaining, no info dumping. They just WERE. And it was amazing. You get a peek inside a couple of different character’s heads, and I found Tough to be one of my favorite. But if I am to be honest, it’s hard to pick a favorite with such a wonderfully written characters.
b.) Plot: 4/5 score. When I first started reading, I thought I may have jumped in the middle of the series. This concerned me. I almost planned on putting it back and picking something else to read. Once it was confirmed that I was indeed reading the first book (I sent the author a DM on Twitter), I tore through it. It was fresh, and dark, and twisted, and it was believable. I believed this world she weaved, how it ended up where it began, and where she left it off.
c.) Writing style: 5/5 score. I have to say, I found nothing about her writing style that upset me. Normally there is always something that catches my attention or something I pick up that will irritate me. Call it my inner editor or critic or demon, but sometimes the simplest things will have me turning my nose up. I am pleased to say, I simply melted into this story and didn’t surface until I realized HOLY SHIT IT’S A SERIES THERE IS A SECOND ONE OMG WHEN I NEED IT NOW!
NOTE:I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I liked how Anastasia was portrayed, but the story didn’t keep that image of herNOTE:I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I liked how Anastasia was portrayed, but the story didn’t keep that image of her as it progressed. I don’t mean the character changed, I mean that we learn right off the bat that Anastasia is labeled a ‘bad girl’ from her past. And even though she is trying for a better future, we see no real connection between ‘bad girl’ Anastasia and current Anastasia. She, however, does go through a change to help progress the story along. Frost’s character was interesting. First, his name. Then his back story. He comes off as immensely too kind and gives him a fictional feel. After we find out his secret, he livens up a bit. But even at the end of the novel he has that insane ‘good guy’ vibe that feels fake. The author did well to keep the best friends in the picture. The grandparents were actually present. The rest of the characters weren't bad, but they weren't good. a.) Characters: 3/5 score.
The plot wasn’t bad. Frost came on a little too romantic at times, and Anastasia didn’t react the way I thought was appropriate when the supernatural legend surfaced. It felt forced, but it wasn’t in-your-face she-accepts-this-without-question kind of forced. As the plot progressed forward, it because easier to read, thus easier to enjoy. The end is a bit of a cliffhanger, and totally sappy, but it completes the story objectives. b.) Plot: 3/5 score.
In the beginning, it was hard. I think I partially read it as an info dump. But it happens. I got through it. But after that, I was confused. To me, the story read like a first, maybe a second, draft still awaiting another editing round. I actually started finding myself more interested in how to reword sentences to make them flow better than the actual story line. She did ‘telling’ instead of ‘showing’ a lot. I think this kind of falls on the fact that she is a screenwriter c.) Writing style: 2/5 score.