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 is a very informative, well thought-out book. The writing isn't very extravagant, but if you want to read some neat behind-the-scenes features IThis is a very informative, well thought-out book. The writing isn't very extravagant, but if you want to read some neat behind-the-scenes features I suggest reading. I don't know how other companion guide's are like except the Supernatural companions, which is also from The CW, so I don't have much to compare it to, but it has a very good set-up and it's super easy to find things.
First there's an introduction from Alfred Gough and Miles Millar(the show creators), followed by a detailed behind-the-scenes features on each episode. It also includes separate pages for the characters and crew. ...more
If you're one of those people who want to hear only from the actors, then this probably isn't for you. But if you're curious about behind the scenes sIf you're one of those people who want to hear only from the actors, then this probably isn't for you. But if you're curious about behind the scenes stuff such as special effects, stunts, etc., then this is book certainly for you.
I didn't think it was quite as good as the one for the first season, but it certainly had a lot of info about making the show, which gives it reason enough to be read. So if you're a hardcore Smallville fan or you just love knowing how a show gets made, this book is definitely for you!...more
If you pick this book up because of the title, you will not be disappointed. This book is exactly what it claims to be: a whodunnit mystery with twistIf you pick this book up because of the title, you will not be disappointed. This book is exactly what it claims to be: a whodunnit mystery with twists, turns, and some fun investigating.
This seemed more like an actual episode than most of the other Smallville books I've read, which I really liked. It had Pete, Lana, Chloe, and, of course, Clark all investigating a murder that happened right in their small town. The one thing that made it unlike a TV episode is the thing that I liked most: there was no meteor freak! Not to say that I dislike meteor freaks- if I did, why on earth would I like Smallville? But it's still fun to see something new and interesting that doesn't make Clark feel all guilty inside.
My one little complaint would be the timeline. Like so many other Smallville books, the timeline is messed up. At one point Clark mentinos the season 2 episode "Nicodemus," but (spoiler for the show) Pete doesn't know anything about Clark being Kryptonian. This doesn't really make sense, since Clark tells Pete in the second episode of season two. But other than that, I really can't think of anything I specifically disliked.
All in all, it was a nice read. (But Flight is still my favorite Smallville book! ;D)...more