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, noThis 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....more
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 thiI'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....more
This is a rare prize in the genre of YA Fantasy. One point for being about a paranormal creature other than vampires, werewolves, and angels. Two poinThis is a rare prize in the genre of YA Fantasy. One point for being about a paranormal creature other than vampires, werewolves, and angels. Two points for not having an overpowering, all-consuming romance story.
Now throw my point system out the window, because I don't feel like keeping up with it. Anyway, the characters. I felt that they have a lot of potential to be deep and moving, but for now they are all very 1D, which I was surprisingly okay with. I like that the book is more about the mythology behind banshees and I really liked that they give explanations for why people have gotten some things wrong. (Light spoilers for about 100 pages into the book.) It makes sense that a male banshee doesn't make any noise, so no one knows they exist. But at the same time, there are things that they pull from the mythology, like the original bean sidhe name and Irish background. I only did some light research to compare how much they got right but it seems like Vincent did a good job on that front.
Now, I know I said the love story wasn't overpowering, but it certainly was more in the way than I would have liked. It was good that Nash had a reason to like Kaylee other than she got really hot overnight, but it was still gooey teen romance at it's best; not very good. But then, maybe I'm just growing out of that teen gooey romance phase of my life. (Strike that - I know I am.) But it wasn't too bad compared to most YA fantasies, so I'm okay with that.
The plot was knowingly predictable. It knew it wasn't complex, it was okay with that, and it made it work anyway. Sometimes you don't need shocker twists and cliffhanger chapters to keep you going. Even if you know what's going to happen, the story is interesting and that's good enough.
Even though it took me a while to read this, I actually really enjoyed it. It was light enough to skip through quickly but unique and intriguing so that you stayed attentive the whole time....more