I was really hoping to like this book, but sadly it wasn't what I was hoping for. It wasn't really THAT bad, and I would have given it 3 stars if I diI was really hoping to like this book, but sadly it wasn't what I was hoping for. It wasn't really THAT bad, and I would have given it 3 stars if I didn't have so many nitpicks with it. The concept was interesting, I really did like Will's character, and the romance was pretty good. Overall, it was a decent read, but I'm iffy on whether or not I'll read the sequel. I might since I liked Will.
Anyways, I'll get on with my list of complaints...
#1 The Dialogue It was weak, and a lot of times awkward. It definitely needed work. The writing overall wasn't that great, but I'm more concerned about good dialogue than pretty prose.
#2 The Plot At first I was interested, but the further I got into the book the more bored I got. The plot was weak and a lot of scenes were unnecessary and didn't drive the story forward. It basically fell into a repeating cycle of Ellie hanging out with her friends and getting randomly attacked by reapers. After all of these random attacks throughout the book the climax felt anti-climatic.
#3 The Villains The reapers have some of the worst dialogue in the book. They give all sorts of classic villain threats and taunts with cheesy, awkward dialogue. They waste time talking instead of finishing off the heroes. I didn't feel frightened by the reapers, or their leader Bastian. They were just a bunch of empty threats to me. When Bastian finally shows up he does some taunting, makes some threats, does a little fighting, and disappears. So much for a big showdown.
#4 The Length This book was just too long. It should have, and could have been, shortened. There were scenes with Ellie hanging out with her friends that didn't really contribute much to the main story. I mean really I don't care about her and her friends dressing up in slutty costumes and going to a Halloween party. How is that relevant to stopping the reapers?
#5 The Gore Ok I was not expecting this book to be gory and it totally caught me off guard. I just don't like gore. And there were many fight scenes with gory descriptions, especially one where a character gets impaled on a pipe and slowly drags himself off. *cringe* Was that really necessary?
#6 Swearing I don't mind occasional curse words in books, but I do prefer swearing to be implied rather than put outright in dialogue. It's actually more effective when implied anyways (though not in all cases). Granted there weren't any f-words in this book, but there were still a few too many more swear words than I would have liked.
#7 The Teenage Drinking I don't like it when teens drink in books. I just don't. I don't think it's cool or edgy, I think it's irresponsible and stupid. First at Ellie's birthday party, after her parents go upstairs her friends bring out alcohol. Whose parents lets a bunch of kids have an unsupervised party at their house while they go upstairs?? Really?? I don't think so. And then they drink again at a Halloween party.
#8 The Parents I felt like the parents were so absent in this book. At her birthday party Ellie gets thrown through a glass door by a reaper and later tells her mom she was drunk and fell through the glass. Her mom tells her she's going to be grounded, but the next thing you know she's at the movies with her friends. What???? And then there's the whole thing with her dad yelling at her and being verbally abusive and you think it's going to lead up to something and it...doesn't. I don't know, it was just weird, her mom's character and the dialogue between them felt awkward and unnatural to me, and they didn't act like real parents.
#9 The Designer Names "I decided on a cute, strapless, cream Badgley Mischka cocktail dress...I knew I had the perfect matching black Marc Jacobs satin shoes to complement it. I wasn't surprised when Kate chose a rather adventurous black mesh-front Dolce&Gabbana bustier sheath dress." I couldn't care less that the character is wearing designer clothes--I don't know what any of that crap is. I don't even know why the author felt it important to mention this. It just got on my nerves and I thought it was snobby.
#10 The Car And then there was Ellie's car, an Audi that her mom gets her for her 17th birthday present. I don't know what the heck an Audi is, but her dad later mentions in the story that it cost $30 grand. Up until this point, I had somehow thought that they had bought a used car not an expensive brand new one. I just found it annoying that she got all of this stuff handed to her and didn't have to work for any of it. And when her car got totaled, she got a new one and didn't have to help pay for it or go without one for a while or anything. :P
#11 Ellie's Grand Plan (Spoiler) (view spoiler)[So Ellie's great plan for getting rid of the Enshi is...dropping its sarcophagus at the bottom of the ocean. What. The. Hell. Really? REALLY? So they all go to Peurto Rico during her Thanksgiving break and take a boat out into the middle of the ocean. I just thought this was really stupid and a cheap way out on the author's part. And also why the climax wasn't that great--there's nothing climatic about dropping a box in the middle of the ocean. Now if the thing had gotten out or the box had gotten stolen...that would've been more interesting. (hide spoiler)]
#12 The Biblical Inaccuracies I never expect YA fantasy books to be biblically correct and I usually let things slide for the sake of story, but since I'm already complaining about everything else I might as well throw this out there too. First off, the reapers being able to drag a human's soul to hell. If the person was a Christian then biblically this would not be possible, because once you're a Christian your soul is going to Heaven, end of story.
Second, Ellie asking Will why Lucifer rebelled and him saying because "He loved God very much, but an angel isn't supposed to feel love. God does, however, and he loves humans more than anything. An angel isn't supposed to feel jealousy, either, but Lucifer did. He was jealous of humans because God loves them more. And he rebelled." Why are they even questioning this? Did the author not do her research? The bible tells us why Lucifer rebelled--he became arrogant and wanted to be more powerful than God.
And then, (view spoiler)[at the end of the book the archangel Michael shows up and tells Ellie that she's actually the archangel Gabriel in human form. SURPRISE Gabriel is actually a girl! Wth. This made no sense at all to me, and Gabriel isn't even a girl's name. And, in the bible GABRIEL is a MESSENGER angel and MICHAEL is a WARRIOR angel. But in the book Michael delivers messages to Ellie and Will, and Ellie, who is supposed to be Gabriel, is a warrior defending humans from the reapers. Why the hell the author flipped this around I have no idea, and I wonder if she even did any research. It was stupid and it annoyed me very badly. And I'm not even going to get into the Enshi being the beast at the bottom of the sea mention in Revelation *grumbles* (hide spoiler)]
This was a very long rant ^.^' I normally try not to be so picky about books but the last few I read haven't been too good and I am getting grumpy and less forgiving. I just want a good book! Ugh.
Anyways, if you want to read it get it from the library like I did. ...more