I think this is the first book I've ever liked without really liking. Does that make sense? No, not at all. I'll try to explain
I LOVE Teen Wolf, the sI think this is the first book I've ever liked without really liking. Does that make sense? No, not at all. I'll try to explain
I LOVE Teen Wolf, the show. I watched the first two seasons in one weekend and then I needed something to do while I waited for season three and I found this book. But the thing is, the book is not that great. I had read a few reviews on here before reading(which I hate doing so I have no idea why I did) and they made me so scared that On Fire would suck that I think it made me like it more. I had such low expectations of it that it exceeded them.
But let's put it this way: if I had never seen the show, I would hate the book. This is definitely not a book for people who haven't seen the show because it explains almost no backstory so you'll be confused the entire time. But people who have seen the show may be disappointed because Nancy Holder does a poor job of recreating the characters. Derek, for one...
[spoiler]Derek as a sixteen-year-old in love with his gym teacher. Sounds great, right? Yeah, I didn't think so, either. I understand him acting out of character; if a fire burned down all your family except you and your sister, it has to change you. But this Derek is just boring and stupid. He falls in love after one day of meeting Kate Argent. The storyline with them... the only thing that kept me reading was Derek. Because he's Derek, so you have to love him.[/spoiler]
The plotline was predictable and boring. The only thing interesting was the characters which, like I said, were only interesting because of the show. If you've seen the show you know nothing can happen that messes with it, so you'll know how the ending will turn out. If you haven't seen the show... maybe you'll like it. It might surprise you. But I doubt it.
So I recommend that if you haven't seen the show you stay far away from this book. If you haven't already grown attached to the characters you won't care about this book. If you have seen it and are really into it I suggest you read it... but not because you'll like it. Just if you're like me and have to read your TV show's books, no matter how good they are. ;)
Edit 9/12/13: Okay, after seeing the first part of the third season, this book makes even less sense. This is definitely not canon. Why would they write a book and then change what happened? The personality of Derek is whacked. And that's a word I've never even used before. He was just a normal, punky high school kid before the fire. In the book he's more quite like he is in the show. It doesn't make sense. And his blue eyes... oh, just watch it. ...more
This isn't going to be a very in-depth review, I just want to point out some things that nagged me about this book.
First off, Mary SueAnn. I hate thisThis isn't going to be a very in-depth review, I just want to point out some things that nagged me about this book.
First off, Mary SueAnn. I hate this character. This is the most Mary Sue-ish character I've ever read about. Everything about her is perfect, everyone loves her, she can do no wrong, she only looks out for others... ugh. Everyone has flaws. Give her some.
I almost choked myself every time her and Riley were together. Most of it is admiring his body, or his face, or something physical about him. She almost never describes the inside of him, just the outside.
This was such an awkward book. Either it was sloooooooooow, or it was so action packed that even the action seemed boring because there was nothing exciting about it anymore. It had been going on for so long that it was just normal. But then it got slow again, then more action, slow, action. There was never any in-between.
Victoria may be the best character in this book. I loved watching Aden try to get her to show emotions. At first I was pissed, because it was like he loved her but he was just trying to change her. But then I realized that he was only doing it for her own good, and that was a pretty awesome thing to do.
Intertwined, I loved. Unraveled, not so much. I was debating whether to give it 2 star or 3, but I chose three because overall I sorta liked it. Let's hope Twisted is way better!...more
**spoiler alert** My review for Once in a Full Moon started out talking about Taco Bell, so now I don't know where to start here. Checkers? Hungry How**spoiler alert** My review for Once in a Full Moon started out talking about Taco Bell, so now I don't know where to start here. Checkers? Hungry Howies? Because let's be honest, is there anyone in the world who actually wants to talk about this "book"? (Ignoring fools who like it and blissfully ignorant people who haven't read it.)
But then, my review will seem like a masterpiece compared to this book, so I will start from a random place - the end. Someone take a knife and drive it through my skull, because that was possibly the worst ending to a book I have ever read(possibly, because can you really beat Breaking Dawn?).
"Beware a bite under the full moon; it will complicate your love life."
Oh, no! Not my love life! PLEASE GOD NO! NEVER THAT!!! Please make it something life threatening instead!
If you know me, you might know I hate Twilight. But I have got to give it to Meyer, even she made a threat of death in her vampire book. I guess werewolves don't care about dying, though. Their biggest fear is having a complicated love life. I don't think I've ever used this before, but... *facepalm*
The big thing in the ending is that Celeste has to *gasp* kiss her horrid ex-boyfriend! Isn't that the most awful thing you've ever heard of? I mean, Bella Suewan had a whole army of vampires after her, but what if she had to kiss Jake to save herself? Now, that would have been bad. Good thing she got away with almost dying instead. (You know something's bad if it's bad compared to Twilight!)
And I cannot in my whole life rant enough about how crappy these werewolves are. They don't turn into wolves, they turn into hippies with fangs. B acts completely the same when it's his time of the month as he does any other time. How lame is that? But then when Nash changes he's different, more aggressive and stuff. Does that make sense to you? Because it sure doesn't to me.
After I read Once in a Full Moon, I decided I would read all these books just because they make me laugh so much. But this book was disappointing. It wasn't funny. It was boring, and that made me sad(and mad). So I probably won't be reading the next ones, but we'll see....more
My opinion about this book is much like that of Unraveled. It had good points and low points, and it seems like a book I would hate, but for some reasMy opinion about this book is much like that of Unraveled. It had good points and low points, and it seems like a book I would hate, but for some reason I actually liked it. I wish you could give 2.5 star, a completely neutral rating, because that's what I would give this book.
*Some light spoilers follow*
In my review for Unraveled I said that I hate Mary Ann. Well, in this book I love her! In Twisted she actually does stuff for herself, instead of letting Riley, Victoria, and even Aden do everything for her while she tags along with no real purpose. (Really, why is she even there most the time?) So her character has gotten much better, as has Victoria's.
I've always liked Victoria. She's been the kind of character that there's not really much depth, but what is there is interesting. In Twisted she gets much deeper, and you get to see a new side of her. She's much more caring and she has more personality. [spoiler]Having her turn into a human was definitely the right thing to do.[/spoiler]
[spoiler]Riley turns into an a-hole in this one. After he begs Mary Ann to drain him and she does this almost subconsciously, his wolf is gone. He can no longer shift and his wolf senses are dimmed. If this Mary Ann's fault? No. Does that stop Riley from treating her like crap? No again. He acts like she did it on purpose just to spite him! If he hadn't been encouraging her, and if she wasn't almost unconscious and not even aware of what she was doing, she would never hurt him to save her life.[/spoiler]
The writing was very questionable. I haven't read the first book in a while, but it seems like it went downhill. Maybe I'm remembering wrong and my standards have gone up, but it seems like Intertwined had much better quality. You know how when some authors write both adult and YA books, the YA books always seem over-the-top teenager with not that good quality writing. I've noticed this about James Patterson and after Twisted it's become clear for Gena Showalter, too. Hint: I don't want to read something as if I'm talking to my friends when I'm slap happy. I want to read a professional piece of literature that's been edited and published. I don't want to read the word "freakin" every five seconds. I don't want anything outside of the dialogue to sound as if it's a sixteen-year-old's first draft.
As far as plot goes, Twisted had a very strong one. It was much better than Unraveled, which was so non-existent that I don't even remember what they were trying to accomplish the whole book, other than the usually "get the souls out of Aden's head" thing....more
While I sit at my computer preparing to write this review, I ask myself one question.
Is my mom ever going to get home so we can go to Taco Bell?
I'm liWhile I sit at my computer preparing to write this review, I ask myself one question.
Is my mom ever going to get home so we can go to Taco Bell?
I'm like a savage animal. I need my Taco Bell. I'm starving. But not for this book. No, no. Never for this book. If I was starving to read this book... well, I'd be a Twilight fan. Because that's what this is; the werewolf version of Twilight. If you look at my rating for Twilight, you'll see that(in my eyes, at least) this is a very, very bad thing.
This book is full of clichés; Celeste is the most popular girl in school, her friends flock around her, she's dating the guy that's handsome "by any girl's standards" and also happens to be the star of the football team, she scoffs at the unpops... that is, until she meets one boy.
And you wanna know why? Is it because he's nice and caring? Because he can get her to see through the stupid, stupid wall the Eastsiders and Westsiders have put up?
If you said either of those things, you're wrong. The former comes later, the latter never comes. The real reason: he's hot. Yup, that's right. She likes him because he's hot. Oh my, that hasn't been done a thousand times before!
So here we have our shallow, stupid, cliché main character. Maybe Brandon, this Westside guy who is apparently the hottest thing ever, will be better.
No such luck. He's also stupid and cliché. His "protect the wildlife" routine may be cute to some girls, but to me it's just stupid. And did I mention cliché? Yes, I'd rather be dating a guy who shoots and kills Bambi to provide for his family than one who freaks out if you dare to hunt. And then eats steak.
And then there are her friends. The attention-seeking Abby; the naive Ivy. Two more ignorant and annoying characters. These people claim to be her friends, yet Celeste is terrified that if she goes out with a Westsider they'll ditch her. Um... what? Tell you what, if my two best friends abandoned me for going out with a boy they didn't like, I wouldn't be scared of hurting they're feelings. I'd be smacking their faces for being fake friends for however many years.
And that's just the start of it- the characters, plot line, and their flaws. The writing itself is just horrendous. I've read some bad books before, but this... I think this tops them all. It's like her paragraphs don't have any structure; and neither to her sentences, while we're on that. It's like she writes whatever pops into her head at that instant and doesn't bother with editing. At least with Twilight and Vladimir Todd it was somewhat interesting. This was a piece of crap. Examples of awful writing:
Page 127 "Wow, I thought. That was kind of like when I volunteered at the nursing home. Brandon was putting his grandparents' needs in front of his own." (Because apparently we were too stupid to make that connection- instead she had to point it out to us like we're little five-year-olds.)
Page 130 "I needed to see Brandon and I wouldn't fight it any longer." (GAG! At this part, she's hanging out with her friends and she ditches them to see B.)
Page 266 "I felt a huge pain in my soul whenever Brandon closed the door." (Yes, it does way "whenever.")
Speaking of souls, this lady needs to stop using that word! It feels like if she wants to be as passionate as can be she doesn't use creative words to paint pictures; she just uses "soul." I gazed soulfully in to Brandon's eyes, or I felt it down to my soul. This. Is. Crap. You're a seventeen-year-old that acts like a fourteen-year-old. You did not just feel that kiss with all your soul.
At one point she goes on and on for about 2 pages about being in love with all her soul- but then she asks her sister how she knows she's in love. What?! This girl is so stupid. After her sister tells her she's never been in love Celeste is so surprised... her sister has been with tons of guys, surely at least a few where her one true love? Stop being so ignorant, idiotic main character! You're sister is a whore that sleeps around. What she experiences isn't love; it's lust.
On page 158 she says maybe B's not a werewolf, maybe because she loves him she imagined him that way. I'm way overusing this because the story demands for it, but... what?! You moron. Why would you see him as a beast because you're in love? Oh, wait. Because he's not a beast! That's right. This so called "werewolf" turns into this half-man, half-beast "gorgeous" animal! When they made it into a kind of Wolfman, not fully wolf, I thought that was cool and unique. Not that I dislike when they transform all the way, it's just nice to see something different. But then they made him out to be this sexy beast that she can't resist. He grows a goatee!!! Not even all covered in hair. Just long hair, hairy legs, arms, and chest and a goatee. Couldn't even make the werewolf part cool.
And the werewolf part? She needs to get her facts straight. She kept saying "werewolf form" and talked about when he turned into a werewolf on the full moon. News flash: your boyfriends a werewolf. He doesn't turn into a werewolf every now and then, HE IS ONE. Just because it's not a full moon doesn't mean he's human. He's still a werewolf. At one point she says "werewolf form" four times in three paragraphs. Two of the paragraphs are only one sentence long!
And what's with her saying the only cure is a silver bullet? She supposedly researched it and that's the only thing she could find. Well, she must be the most terrible person at research. I pity all her school essays. I meant, just look here and you'll find other ways!
On page 219 Brandon and Celeste are out in the woods, Brandon being in him "werewolf form." He has some steaks roasting, and Celeste wonders where he got them. Only he doesn't know, they were just there. Celeste is horrified- she can't imagine her precious Brandon ripping into Bambi's face and killing and eating him... but it's okay, because Brandon was just joking. He got them out of his grandparents' freezer.
So, let me get this straight. It's bad if he kills the deer and you're not sure if you can date him after that, but as long as someone else kills it, that's okay? Idiot.
So, the moral of this story is, stay away from this book!!! I'm probably going to read the second one because this one ended in a cliffhanger and I just want to see if the author has actually learned something from her mistake of a first book and written an awful book instead of an almost unreadable one. Probably not, but then it's only one more book, not like seven. So we'll see.
The one funny scene:
This novel was a detestable scramble of pages thrown together, but I have to point out the one good scene, the phone call between Celeste and her friends. Her friends get so confused because Celeste is talking to them and Brandon at the same time. They made me chuckle.
Edit; Read the second book, gave up on series. Read Vampire Kisses by same author, gave up on author. Schreiber has no idea what she's doing. GO GET AN EDITOR....more