3.5 stars. Thank god for that second half. I was honestly so ready to give this book two stars -- Agnieszka started out incredibly annoying, very weak3.5 stars. Thank god for that second half. I was honestly so ready to give this book two stars -- Agnieszka started out incredibly annoying, very weak-willed and constantly making stupid reckless decisions acting on emotions rather than actual thinking. Not only that, but its another one of those "protagonist is the super special witch who can do spells no other witch can ie. the most powerful spells." *rolls eyes* Which is actually such a shame because I LOVE my high fantasies, and this one was right up there with my most anticipated reads.
And that's why I am so thankful that it eventually got better. Agnieszka went from unbearable to someone I could root for, despite her special magic, as she grew into her powers to become a confident and eager young witch. The story is also backed by a fantastic villain in the form of The Wood. It's terrifying and everytime the characters went deep into the woods, I could feel my own skin prickling in fear. Novik builds atmosphere wonderfully, capturing details that fully immersers her readers right into the heart of the valley and the world-building itself is just as well thought-out and complex.
I also love the female friendship in Uprooted and though I still question some of the actions that were taken because of this friendship, I love that perhaps even more than the romance, Agnieszka and Kasia's friendship drove the story. They love each other but also resent each other, for all of those missed opportunities in their childhood and the unfairness of the situation, knowing one would eventually be taken away. But it's the resentment that ultimately makes their friendships stronger, fuelled by an equal understanding between them, taking in each other's fears and jealousy.
The romance between Agnieszka and the Dragon, I honestly wasn't sure of at the start. Again, it wasn't until the second half that everything started to come together for these two and I actually started shipping them. At first, there is just no chemistry between them, mostly because they didn't consider each other as equals and then the romance just came out of nowhere and was so sudden. But as I said Agnieszka grows into role more comfortably as the story progresses and it's then, where they're actively working together, picking up on and covering each other's strengths and weaknesses, that I really began believing in them. Not to mention there is one scene in particular that had me swooning and I just love love love that the cover is so middle-grade and then you get scenes like THAT. Just a heads-up that this is decidedly NOT a middle-grade book ;)
Overall, Uprooted does take some time to get into, though it definitely does get better in the second half and especially towards the end. The world-building is so so great and vivid and imaginative and while I didn't completely buy into the magic side of it, I did enjoy the character growth that Agnieszka (literally been CTRL-C - CTRL-V-ing this ridiculous name the whole review) goes through and her relationships with others in the book. If you're a big fantasy fan, then don't be hesitant to try this, because it definitely has all the elements that a good fantasy should!...more
Much, much better than The Wrath & the Dawn. Shazi really grew on me this time round and unlike previously, I actually came to appreciate her stroMuch, much better than The Wrath & the Dawn. Shazi really grew on me this time round and unlike previously, I actually came to appreciate her strong, confident, bordering-on-arrogant-but-not-quite personality. She really knows who she is, what she stands for and never lets anyone let her feel like she's beneath them - she's fiery and brash, but thankfully also willing to see reason.
In contrast however, one of the main problems I have with this duology is that the main male character's all seem to have serious anger management issues. From Khalid (who is by far the worst), to Tariq and even to Jalal! Like really? Was it really necessary to make every main male character so angry and hostile and alpha-male like? While they keep getting a pass from everyone because they're supposedly acting like this for the one they love, it was really off-putting and I grew so tired of seeing Khalid unsheathing his shamshir every goddamn page. As such, I still can't bring myself to really feel anything for Khalid besides annoyance, though I admit I may have warmed up to him just a little towards the very end.
Aside from that though, I was impressed with the whole unwinding plot in this installment. I loved Despina as usual (view spoiler)[and hOLY CRAP I DIDN'T SEE THE WHOLE PRINCESS THING COMING. Renee Ahdieh, you get a thumbs up for that twist. (hide spoiler)] (I just wish we had seen more of her and Jalal) and getting to know more about Irsa, Shahrzad's sister - seeing her growth from the insecure little mouse to the brave and outspoken woman at the end was incredibly rewarding. Ahdieh also has such beautiful writing which I always prize in a book, somehow managing to make it extremely flowery but not so much that I was sighing and scratching my head at all the metaphors used, as is unfortunately usually the case. I don't know if this is right, as it's been a year since I read The Wrath & the Dawn, but I feel like her writing has actually improved from before? At the very least, it feels to flow a lot more naturally now, which is always a good thing.
Finally, the ending was perfect - Ahdieh honestly couldn't have wrapped it up any better. It was moving and satisfying and managed to tie up all the character's stories in a way befitting to each and every one of them. Tariq especially I was surprised about. I found him absolutely intolerable and unecessary aside from his use in progressing the plot forward during the first book but I was so, so happy with his character arc here. I'm just really glad I continued on with this series - altogether this final book simply had a lot more heart to it, dealing with what a family really is and what it means to love, all the different types of it, and I'm just happy I'll remember this duology much more fondly than if I had given up after The Wrath & the Dawn....more
4.5 stars. Loved this. It reads so much like a elaborately crafted and haunting fairy tale with the most incredible writing, and I'd even go so far as4.5 stars. Loved this. It reads so much like a elaborately crafted and haunting fairy tale with the most incredible writing, and I'd even go so far as to say that E.K. Johnston is the real Storyteller Queen here. Her words are actual magic. ...more
Have to admit that 30% in and I was almost ready to give up on this because it was just sooo slow, but then suddenly it just got SO GOOD. I finally unHave to admit that 30% in and I was almost ready to give up on this because it was just sooo slow, but then suddenly it just got SO GOOD. I finally understand why everyone loves Megan's books because her storytelling is amazing. And that twist! I knew some kind of twist was coming from all the reviews that I'd read, but this one still managed to completely shock me. So excited to get started on The Queen of Attolia since I've heard that this is basically everyone's favourite of the whole series!...more
Adorkable is, well... adorable. But what may seem like a fun, light read is actually so much more! It's cute, it's quirky but it holds a mess3.5 stars
Adorkable is, well... adorable. But what may seem like a fun, light read is actually so much more! It's cute, it's quirky but it holds a message that anyone and everyone who's gone through high school will always find themselves able to relate to.
-- thoughts Sassy, bizarre, peculiar, fierce---there are probably about a million and one words out there that could be used to describe Jeane Smith, but not one of them would ever be able to do her justice! In this case, however, that's not particularly a bad thing. Jeane is no one but her, she's herself whether people decide they want to judge her for dyeing her hair grey and wearing granny-like second hand clothes or not. She embraces her dorkiness, even converts it into her own lifestyle brand and better yet, she's no beautiful face hiding under a flock of ugly clothes, but simply a plain, slightly chubby girl marking her place in the world by being what most high schoolers are afraid to be---different.
...which Michael Lee is definitely not. Sporting all the latest trends and exclusive Abercrombie & Fitch clothes, Michael is your typical run-of-the-mill, wish-i-was-his-date-to-homecoming teenage guy. That is, until he finds out his girlfriend has been cheating on him with Jeane's boyfriend. When Michael and Jeane's world collide, it's like a layer has been stripped away from behind their eyes and they change with a development of character so palpable yet completely believable, it's a wonder they were never like this before. It's true that in fact, I thought both of them were entirely too arrogant, judgmental and opinionated to be relatable in any way when I first began reading this. But see, that's potentially why it gets good. When you get into the deeper depths of Adorkable, you'll find that somehow, through some untamable section of your mind, that you like them specifically because of the way they both are. Plus, Michael Lee is half-asian and his parents are the embodiment of most every other strict asian parentage out there---something that I could relate to on an entirely different level!
What's more is that while some interactions induced much eye-rolling---the majority of them starting or ending with the immature "whatever!"---Manning actually does write some of the best and realistic teenage experiences I've ever read. Sometimes you read about the perfect first kiss, the perfect first time, where time seems to slow down and all that crap but in reality, not everything is perfect, is it? Which is why Adorkable's easy, light dialogue between characters was refreshing, because well, in real life, we do often make mistakes, and though rather ashamedly, we do make rude, probably dirty jokes on a day-to-day basis but we're also able to laugh and try to make light of any and all kinds of awkward situations!
-- in a nutshell Perhaps Adorkable isn't a perfect book but what makes it good really stands out! The highlights are what many authors fail to perfect and while probably not suitable for teens twelve and younger, it's a book that will leave you smiling and laughing because of how much you can imagine everything happening in your everyday life!...more
Wow… Just. Wow. Who would have thought that Hallowed could be ten times better than Unearthly!? Because I'd be lying if I said that before I started rWow… Just. Wow. Who would have thought that Hallowed could be ten times better than Unearthly!? Because I'd be lying if I said that before I started reading this, I thought Hallowed could live up to it's predessecor's standards but I am SO glad that Cynthia proved me wrong. It brought with it everything I loved about Unearthly and more!
I'd have to say my favorite thing about this series is it's luscious selection of characters. Clara is back and she's as amazing as ever! She's so relatable and strong and thankfully, not stupid. Because you know how in love triangles, the female MC is always terribly conflicted and plays around with both love interests before finally making a decision? There's none of that here! While Christian is still a huge part of her life, Clara regards him solely as a friend while she and Tucker are dating. I could seriously throw flowers and kiss Cynthia's feet for that!
Which brings me to the boys. The boys. Those god-damn beautiful boys! I have never been a fan of love-triangles and I have never read a book where I have loved both boys in question but let it be said that Cynthia has built my love for both of them to the highest level possible. Christian and Tucker each have their strong points and it's hard to find anything bad to say about them. From the events that happen in this book, it's easy to see Clara ending up with either of them! Though, to be totally honest, I am still most definitely Team Tucker, just because of how perfect they are together :)
Is this a trilogy? Because if it is I am SUPER happy with the plot development here! Thankfully, this isn't just an in-between book meant to be completely meaningless to the overall plot. We find out a lot more about Clara's purpose and the events that unfolded in Unearthly. Also, you've always seen me raging about how paranormal books just don't quite have that raw emotion seeping out of it's pages like contemporaries do, but here is where I eat my words right back up. Clara really finds herself in this book but it's definitely not without sacrifices. Hallowed is drowned in sadness and sorrow. It's the first time a paranormal book has made me feel like I could burst into tears at any second!
Overall, Hallowed is an excellent sequel to the already amazing Unearthly. If you haven't read Unearthly yet, then GO PICK IT UP RIGHT NOW. I can't tell you enough how much I LOVE this series and if you haven't read it, you have no idea what you're missing out on!...more
1. Male point of view? Whoa, wait—really? Having a male narrate a story in YA is such a rarity! It was so refre10 things I thought about Lies Beneath:
1. Male point of view? Whoa, wait—really? Having a male narrate a story in YA is such a rarity! It was so refreshing and different to read a mermaid and romance story from Calder's perspective. His voice made it a whole lot more interesting than if it were narrated by a female character like Lily!
2. So yeah, Lily. You know what I loved about Lily? The fact that Calder was definitely creepy-psycho-stalker for the majority of the book and she actually did the realistic thing and tried to avoid him. She admitted that Calder scared her, because I mean, who wouldn't be scared if a random guy you hadn't known before showed up and started following you? I really, really kind of loved her for that.
3. And then there's Calder, a.k.a. Edward Cullen turned fish. I love that this was told from Calder's perspective, but to be honest, I wasn't really digging him in general. He was so arrogant and cocky and seriously, in real life? That would be an immediate turn-off. Plus I thought I'd be okay with that whole slinking-around-in-the-dark-to-watch-a-girl thing by now because we see it in most YA these days, but guys, it's still just plain creepy. He freaking slept in her backyard to watch her at night! *shivers*
4. But they're killer mermaids! They eat people! So that was pretty cool, even though they don't actually eat humans—just drown them and suck their emotions out. I just loved the idea and the concept, it was so different from the usual mermaid story! And when a book starts off with a line like this: "I hadn't killed anyone all winter, and I have to say I felt pretty good about that," you know you're in for some awesome shizz.
5. The romance. Now this is a strange one, because it's insta-love but it didn't feel like insta-love thanks to Lily's initial repulsion. Yet I still felt like there was nothing there between Calder and Lily. There was no romantic tension, none of the 'sparks' we see when we read about our favorite couples. It was like two halves of a shell coming together, but it stayed hollow inside.
6. When there's a wall, you can't get through. My main problem with Lies Beneath was that throughout the whole book I felt as if I were reading everything from a distance. I never really cared much for the story because I couldn't find it in myself to really care for the characters. They just lacked the depth I was trying so hard to look for!
7. Maris, Pavati and Tallulah I actually really liked them at the start—especially Tallulah, which is weird because she's the sister that I disliked the most by the end of it. But honestly, to put it simply, Calder's sisters are evil. And you do start to hate them for it. But you also can't help but like them for the beginning half of the book anyway!
8. The ending. Err... Well, it was strange. It wasn't a cliffhanger by any means, but I can't say it had me jumping in joy. Plus, I read the synopsis of the next book, Deep Betrayal and to be honest, I'm not exactly liking where this is heading :/
9. It was so slow! Like a turtle! Okay, so seriously? Nothing happened. Until the last fifty pages or so. And I'm sorry, but I just can't like books where nothing happens!
10. The cover. This is kind of cheating, because I can't think of any else to say about Lies Beneath. But really? It just had to be a mermaid? They could have at least put three girls on the cover to represent Calder's sisters, or better yet, exchanged the mermaid for a merman! I do still think it's really pretty and mysterious though.
-- in a nutshell There are just as many positive's as there are negatives when it comes to Lies Beneath, but it's definitely worth the read if you're into mermaid tales! The characters may not have been the best, but the lore itself is interesting enough to, well... keep you interested. While I probably won't be the first one in line to get the second book in the series, it's still one that I might consider reading if I ever have enough time to read it :-)...more
I was so excited to read this because of all the amazing reviews about it so far but I fear I seem to be the only person who just doesn't see what eveI was so excited to read this because of all the amazing reviews about it so far but I fear I seem to be the only person who just doesn't see what everyone else does. Which is a shame because I really wanted to like this!
First of all, Born Wicked prides itself with it's unique premise of witches in a alternative historical setting and yet… where is the magic? When a book promises witchery, you expect witchery right? And so I was incredibly disappointed when I found myself already three quarters of the way through and there still hadn't been a great amount of witchcraft going on because the author decided to focus on the romance instead of advancing the story. Personally, I'm not a fan of these kinds of books -- when the romance completely overrules the plot, especially since the romance in Born Wicked wasn't entirely all that engaging either...
I wish I could say that the characters saved this for me but no, unfortunately every character, with the exception of Finn and Tess, were either rip-your-hair-out annoying or flat and one-dimensional. Cate herself was a hard protagonist for me to relate to. While her loyalty to her sisters was charming and admirable, it didn't hide the fact that she was controlling and thought she could dictate how Maura and Tess lived their lives! That's not to say that Cate is the only sister with faults though. Maura is constantly in one of her sour no-one-understands-me moods that literally had me throwing the book on the floor to go read another book. But I adored little Tess, she's wise beyond her years and was definitely one of the only characters I actually enjoyed reading about!
As I mentioned before, the romance left much to be desired. A love-triangle is a tricky thing to get right and this was indeed another example of an attempt gone wrong. There is no equal balance as to who Cate is going to end up with, it's blatantly obvious from the start that Paul is out if the equation once Finn steps in. And while I love Finn, I wish there could have been more of a challenge for him to win over Cate's heart. Because again, we're given the opportunity to read about insta-love in it's prime state! Ugh! I really do love Finn, he's different, he wears glasses, he's smart, and he's not the best looking guy out there but I just wish his relationship with Cate was a little more... developed? Realistic, maybe?
The writing, however, was superb and I loved the beautifully woven prose Spotswood presented us with. The language itself is entirely appropriate to the time-frame in which Born Wicked is set and this, since historical fiction is like my absolute favorite genre, had me jumping with joy!
Overall, Born Wicked was definitely not what I expected it to be. I know most people who've read this really enjoyed it though so if you were thinking of reading this, it just might appeal to you more than it did me! ...more
Kira doesn't believe in the Hope Act, the law decreeing that every female over the age of 18 must get pregnant as many times as possible. No baby hasKira doesn't believe in the Hope Act, the law decreeing that every female over the age of 18 must get pregnant as many times as possible. No baby has ever survived more than a matter of days since the Partial War due to the deadly RM virus and Kira's tired of watching them die right in front of her when she, as a medic, can do nothing at all to save them. So when her best friend gets pregnant, she can't bear to see her child fall prey to the continuos string of disastrous fates and sets off to capture a Partial, the only beings that are immune to the virus, in the hopes of finding a cure before the baby is born.
-- Ms. Kira Walker As far as main characters go, Kira is a pretty damn good one. She's brave, strong-willed and persistent in all the right ways. When she's set her mind on something, she sees it through right to the end and her determination shines through even her toughest moments. Despite being told in third-person, it was unusually easy to relate to her. Though she made a lot of decisions that, had it been any other protagonist, would have seemed stupid and Mary-sue, you could understand exactly why she did the brash things she did because of how deeply her emotions ran. Her loyalty to her friends is endearing and admirable, especially towards her best friend and adoptive sister, Madison. She takes the question "How far will I go for this person?" to a whole other level and it's safe to say that I loved her for it!
-- A Family Tied Together By A World Gone Mad Partials offers us an incredible array of secondary characters, all of whom are fresh, fun and unique! But truthfully, that's not what made me write a whole paragraph about them, it's rather their relationships with each other that made them such a thrill to read about. I said Kira was loyal, but what her friends do for her is beyond even that. Loyalty doesn't even begin to describe all the sacrifices they make for that one single cause! Kira, Madison, Xochi, Isolde, Marcus and Jayden. Though most of them are part of same adoptive family, these 'plague babies' as the adults call them are as tight as a family bound by blood and the bond they share with each other is palpable and patent.
But that's not all, every character was interesting -- even those who didn't add anything to the story. I actually found myself immeasurably sad whenever any of them died and I think it's amazing that Dan was able to characterize them like that. Not often do I feel such a strong connection to characters that don't play a big part in a novel, but this was definitely an exception!
-- A Dystopia That Swings The Right Way Partials surprises us with a thoroughly engaging storyline -- one that isn't just about finding a cute guy or rebelling against a government. Instead, it's about the hunt for a cure to RM and isn't even really that heavy on the romance! Though this is just under 500 pages, there are plenty of action scenes to keep you glued to the pages and just as many twists and turns to have you guessing right till the end. I will admit though, that the beginning is a little hard to get into but once you're in, well... you're in for a night without sleep!
-- Substance Within The Science This is one of those rare Dystopia's/Post-Apocalyptic's that use science as a base for the story to grow. And let me tell you, I have read a lot of Dystopia's where the world-building leaves you to wonder "How did this happen?" or "Where did it come from?" but Partials leaves no question unanswered. It is so clear and apparent that Dan has done his research because the science and human biology actually makes sense! And not only does it make sense, it's interesting in all the ways that science classes at school aren't. I was fully immersed in what could have caused the RM virus to spread and how the genetic make up of a Partial was linked to it!
Overall, Partials is a book that I could go on and on and on about what makes it amazing but I fear that like science classes are for me, I would bore you to tears and scare you away from my reviews! Take my advice though, and go pick it up when it's released because this, fellow bloggers, is how a dystopia should be written!...more
The Story After her brother's sudden and mysterious disappearance, Allie isn't the person she once used to be. She drinks, she cuts herself and she's aThe Story After her brother's sudden and mysterious disappearance, Allie isn't the person she once used to be. She drinks, she cuts herself and she's arrested three times within a single year. But her last arrest is the final straw for Allie's parents, who ship her off to Cimmeria Academy, an elite boarding school built to deal with students like her.
However, Cimmeria Academy isn't all that it seems to be -- instead of a school for delinquents, it's home to prestigious, wealthy students and the mysterious Night School whom no-one is allowed to talk about. And on the night of the Summer Ball, when the school is set on fire and a student is killed, Allie is forced to face the truth -- the school is dangerous and she can trust no-one, not even the charming French student, Sylvian nor the dark, brooding, Carter. For everyone seems to be hiding a secret, a secret about Allie's past that leaves her dead in the middle of a mystery she's determined to uncover.
The Characters Allie Sheridan has a lot on her shoulders, but she carries the weight of it all with just about as much strength as you'd expect from a girl who's been arrested three times! It's fun to read the story through her eyes as Daugherty includes just the right amount of wit, humour and teenage tendencies within the narration to make her such a believable and relatable character. Though new problems and discoveries are continuously thrown her way, especially the bullying she experiences further on in the book, she holds her head high and faces them head-on.
As well as Allie though, there are a lot of secondary characters that I came to love! What's amazing about Daugherty's writing and characterization is that even when a character is caught doing something horrible, she manages to redeem them all through other various actions. From Jo to Lucus to Rachel to Jules! Each character has their own depth, their own story that leaves Night School on a whole other level compared to other books. Also, there's the boys! The sweet-talking, Sylvian with his delicious French accent and Carter, the seemingly bad-boy-player of the book. Two completely different persona's -- one a knight in shining armor and the other clad in an atmosphere that most would be wary to trust, yet they'll both immediately steal your hearts right from the beginning!
"When everyone is lying, who do you trust?"
That catchline? It fits Night Schoollike a glove. As I mentioned above, there are a lot of characters that I adored, but many of those characters have moments in which you're left to think "What if...?" because of just how well Daugherty weaves her story. The endless twists and turns completely threw me off the trail of the suspect and by the end of it all, I had no idea who was innocent or who was guilty!
Plus, these days mysteries don't tend to have that element of surprise and intrigue that makes a mystery so engaging. Instead they're usually embedded with terrible fore-shadowing and predictable twists, so I was glad to find that this isn't one of those books!Night School carries itself with an air of trepidation, that feeling of knowing something strange is happening yet you have no idea what exactly is going on. When you're still hanging onto every word the story has to offer because you're desperately trying to piece everything together right up till the big reveal at the end.
The Conclusion Night School is one of those near perfect books that you'll want to read over and over again, with every re-read leaving you just as curious and intrigued as you were the first time! Whilst the cover may be deceiving into making you believe it's for sure going to be about vampires, it's definitely not. Instead, you're presented with a normal, real-life mystery with that atmospheric tinge of something just a little bit more eerie than a simple murder mystery. In addition, the ending leaves just enough of a cliffhanger to leave readers desperately awaiting the next book because I can assure you that I most certainly am!...more
Pure is one hell of a roller-coaster! It's amazing at times, but has a slow beginning, gets freaking brilliant, then fades to a dull series of events.Pure is one hell of a roller-coaster! It's amazing at times, but has a slow beginning, gets freaking brilliant, then fades to a dull series of events. Never have I ever felt as conflicted as I do for this book!
Pressia and Partridge are decent leads. They're brave, strong and determined to get through the toughest obstacles! However, for the most part, you feel disconnected with them until the novel picks up at the end. I don't think it's necessarily their fault, like I said, they're likable, but writing in third person and also in present tense is a pretty hard feat to accomplish. That being said, we don't only have Pressia and Partridge's POV's but two others who I don't even know why are there! I feel like I was looking through too many different pairs of eyes and it made it harder for me to relate to our two main characters.
A lot of people have mentioned Pure to have a lot of too-good-to-be-true coincidences and I'm not going to argue. Pressia and Partridge live in a large post-apocalyptic world yet they somehow manage to meet all the people they need to meet and find all the clues they need to finally get to where they want to be in the end! A few coincidences I can take but Pure is built up of so many that it went way beyond the point where I drew the line! This was probably the biggest downfall for me.
But fear not! Pure does have it's redeeming qualities. It's a romance, yes, but Pressia's been living in a world where the need to survive overcomes the need for a love life and so the romance takes a back seat in this! It's not at all predictable and though I am a HUGE romance fan, I enjoyed how it wasn't focused so much on the lovey-dovey scenes. Pure is more about family more than anything and I liked that. Plus, the end is where it really gets interesting, if not a bit tragic, and you'll find that the ending would be perfect even without a romance.
The stand-out of Pure for me was undoubtedly the world-building. It's grotesque, gory and sometimes makes you want to empty your stomach of your recently eaten dinner, but I think that's what makes it great! It's scary to see what our world could become, with the surviving humans bearing such realistic deformities. Baggot doesn't shy away from the horror's of a post-apocalyptic world like most other's. It's one of the more believable worlds out there just because of how easily you can picture it in your head!
Overall, Pure is a bit of a hit-or-miss really. If you're willing to get past the agonizingly slow start, and persevere right to the end, you'll be happy that you finished it! Because it does get better, I swear. And if you liked the world-building in books like Under the Never Sky, then you'll probably like the world in this one too. Though, the world in Pure is a whole lot more graphic, I warn you. ...more
Nothing gets me more excited than a new murder mystery coming out and since this was one of the very few I knew of being released this year, I jumpedNothing gets me more excited than a new murder mystery coming out and since this was one of the very few I knew of being released this year, I jumped at the chance to finally read it! Yet, as much as I wanted to obsessively love it, unfortunately me and Slide just didn't quite fit like the perfect puzzle pieces I had hoped for.
-- Plot A book can be predictable and still be hella-amazing yet for Slide, I'm afraid it took the wrong turn too quickly. A few chapters in, and I was already pretty confident I had the killer nailed on the head! A good mystery makes you think hard and wrack your brain for solutions and get major headaches trying to piece everything together. Unfortunately, Slide exploits none of these traits and instead of becoming increasingly curious as to who the killer might be, I found myself going in the opposite direction!
Slide is also subject to a fair amount of coincidences that seem too unlikely to happen if applied to real life circumstances. One particular example had me pulling my hair out in frustration! Vee needs to be holding onto something important to a specific person to be able to 'slide' into them and I grew incredibly annoyed at how Vee somehow managed to get those important somethings whenever Hathaway felt like showing an important scene from someone else's perspective. I get that it needs to happen but why make it seem so obvious and contrived?
-- Characters Slide relies heavily on the characters to pull off a convincing mystery, which is why I was so incredibly disappointed with them. They're all pinned to the stereo-types of fictional high school--there's the popular mean girls you admire but secretly hate from afar, the delinquent guy who prefers to keep to himself, the jerk head quarterback. I just feel like I didn't get to know any of them enough to really relate or care what happened to them!
Vee herself wasn't without her faults--she was entirely too opinionated in regards to the killer. So say she accidentally slides into one of her class mates--woohoo! She's found the number one suspect to the murderer! And wow, suddenly everyone in the bloody school is suspect, even those who've been with her through thick and thin. Le sigh...
If there's one good thing I can say about Slide though, it's that I really did enjoy Vee's relationship with her little sister, Mattie. Honestly, I didn't like her at the start but as she and Vee grew closer, I have to say some of their scenes were rather touching.
-- Overall I hate to say it, but Slide just didn't work for me. While the concept of using the sliding ability to figure out a mystery is at first intriguing, that dies down a bit when you realize that there isn't a whole lot of suspense and the writing feels rather childish in comparison to most young adult books. However, I think it'd definitely work for readers who don't care for dissecting the plot and about trivial things like coincidences and predictability!...more