I have no idea how, but this was even worse than the first volume! Thirty pages into it I almost put it down, but I forced myself to finish it, and le...moreI have no idea how, but this was even worse than the first volume! Thirty pages into it I almost put it down, but I forced myself to finish it, and let me tell you, I'm sorry that I even picked it up. The writing is so atrocious I don't even know how anyone likes this. The characters are all annoying except for the cat, who's only fun because he's the only character that I don't feel like choking with a fork. Rather, I think he wants to choke everyone in this manga with a fork, which is the reason I like him.
When I finished the first volume, I hated it. But I thought maybe it got better. Sometimes it only gets good after a few books. I had up to volume 6 on my to-read list. After this, I'm taking them all off. There is no way I can stomach more of this.
The idea is fun, however, it's executed very badly. The whole hugging thing is just stupid. What a dumb way for them to change. It would be sooooooo much cooler if they were just shape-shifters.(less)
This book was super good... until that stupid chick flick moment. In every chick flick imaginable, the couple has to have some reason to break up, no...moreThis book was super good... until that stupid chick flick moment. In every chick flick imaginable, the couple has to have some reason to break up, no matter how dumb it may be. They're perfectly happy, about to get married... but then one thing goes wrong and they break up. In this book, that same thing happens... excluding the "something going wrong" part.
But I'll get to that later. Let's start with the writing. It was good, well-thought out, but you could definitely tell it was a first book. While it wasn't awful, it certainly could have been better. Mostly I blame the editor for this, though. She/he should have read through the bad parts and made Houck fix it.
The story started out strong, and it was one of those unputdownable books. I think it was around the time Kelsey goes to India that it started getting boring. There were too much descriptions of things that could have easily been described in three words. (Like, "this apple is red.") It should have been about 50 pages shorter.
The thing that most authors fail at, though, seemed like it would be good; the romance. So many authors have issues with this, I don't even know where to begin. It's too lustful, it's too timid, it's too bland, whatever. But I like Ren and Kelsey; they were just getting into their feelings and their friendly banter was(for once) actually interesting and enjoyable.
But then Houck had to go and ruin it by turning Kelsey into a bitch. She randomly decides that he only likes her because she's the first woman he's seen in forever(which doesn't make sense, because he has seen other women) and she wants him to try other people. Um, what? You have a guy that sweet and loves you, but you want him to be with other women instead? Is it just me, or does that not make any sense? And not only that, but she doesn't even tell him this. After making out with him, she avoids him and tries her hardest not to touch him or look at him or anything that involves him. And when he dares to say something about it and wonder why she's treating him like a leper, she jumps down his throat and gets pissed at him for not giving her place. Hello! You were just making out with the guy, yes he's confused and wants more!
At first she blames herself and feels bad for doing what she's doing(a.k.a. being a bitch), but then she decides that he's being a jerk, when all he's trying to do is show he cares for her. He talks about the Kappa? He's showing off how much he knows! He doesn't want to leave her when she's being attacked by said Kappas? He needs to not be in love with her! This girl is so stupid I wanted to scream. And all the while they talk about how smart she is and all that crap. NO. She's not smart. She's stupid.
This would have been a four star book, no doubt, if I didn't have to suffer through Kelsey being a moron for half the book. I wish I could give 2.5 stars, so that I didn't really like it but didn't hate it, but I'm giving it 3 because I actually did enjoy the parts that weren't boring and that weren't featuring the heroine's idiocy.(less)
I'm going to save everyone I can from the awful experience I had to go through and give this clear warning: STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK!!!
I picked up thi...moreI'm going to save everyone I can from the awful experience I had to go through and give this clear warning: STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK!!!
I picked up this book because it's a pretty popular manga and it looked like it had a good storyline. But then... I opened it.
Right from the start I could make no sense of it. It went from place to place, jumping here then there, not fully explaining itself... it was a disaster.
Then the story starts to finally come into place and I'm thinking, "At last, it's finally going to be good!" No such luck. Right as it started getting better, it went straight downhill again. The dialogue isn't comedic or smart at all and the art isn't well drawn. The main character, Tohru, was pretty likeable(despite the writing) until Kyo was in it a lot. She was all over the Rat boy(I don't remember all their names because they're crazy Japanese names) until Kyo appeared, and the only reason she switched was because she loves cats. Not because she thought Kyo had a better personality or because he was nice to her, but just because she liked cats better.
Kyo was the only likeable character after that. He was crabby enough that it was funny but not so crabby that it got on your nerves.
Since I already suffered through the first one I'll probably read a few more to see if it gets good, but I doubt it.(less)