I’m going to keep this review short and simple just like the book. Struck by Lightening was a funny, quirky book that surprised me. I liked it more thI’m going to keep this review short and simple just like the book. Struck by Lightening was a funny, quirky book that surprised me. I liked it more than I thought I would, but I didn’t like it all that much. I am a fan of Chris Colfer’s acting and singing, but his writing, eh not so much. I am however dying to see the movie because come on Rebel Wilson…
But her character in the book was so blah, which brings me back to why I only gave it three stars, and am seriously contemplating 2.
Pros Colfer’s dark yet witty humor The relatable moments that make you want to cry/laugh
Cons Somewhat unbelievable Depressing Way too short Very little amounts of character development
At the beginning of the book I hardly knew anything about the characters, and by the end of the book I felt the same. We did learn a bit about about Carson’s family and why he is the way he is. His mom is a deadbeat and his dad left him. And because of that, he hates the world around him. He hates everyone, and everyone hates him. It's hard to emotionally invest yourself in a book like that.
I was not able to get invested into the story because I didn’t feel like I really got to know anyone. Don’t get me wrong, it was funny at times, and here and there I related to being bullied and feeling underappreciated, but it just was a blah book. Have you ever seen a trailer to a movie and thought "oh man this is going to be so funny," and then when you saw it realized that all of the funny parts were put into that commercial and the rest of the movie sucked. And on top of that the funny parts were not even funny in the context they were used. That's how I felt with this book. When we reached the end of the book where Carson starts to blackmail people, and get to know the people he’s blackmailed I think “ah we’re finally getting somewhere,” and then BAM struck by lightning.
I mean come on people! I had no sympathy for him because Carson was a jerk and there was nowhere near enough character building in that story.So you got struck by lightning? Cry me a river.
I did enjoy the fact that we get to see the Clover High Journal at the end and see all of the entries (which were just a bit too perfect for me considering who wrote them.) Carson was just so negative, grouchy, demeaning, and put me in a foul mood. His best friend was unrealistic, and I felt like they hardly had any built up relationship. I thought that it was very unlikely that after blackmailing people you could become a better person over night, and thought that towards the end Colfer just figured oh I need to wrap this up, and shoved everything in it at once and said the end.
Overall the story was just ok, I could see how much potential it had, but it just flopped for me. *sigh* moving on. ...more
Die for Me started off on a good foot. The cover was beautiful, the setting was in Paris (how cool is that), and it had a unique supeThis was so blah.
Die for Me started off on a good foot. The cover was beautiful, the setting was in Paris (how cool is that), and it had a unique supernatural aspect to it. It was great for all of about 12 pages. It only took twelve pages for the love interest to be introduced and for my mind to explode. It only took about 20 pages for main protagonist to be completely smitten. Plum tried to give Kate a mind of her own by making her one of those rare girls who doesn’t go gaga over a guy because he’s hot and lets her ignore is asinine behavior, but that doesn’t last long. Very shortly after they meet it becomes one of the worst insta love books I have read since Twilight. Kate of course falls head over heels for Vincent and I have no idea why, he is so unremarkable it’s comical.
What really got me was that other than the main characters, the rest of the people in the book seemed to just serve as plot devices. Her parents were dead and her grandparents basically let her do as she pleased. Thank god the school setting was not used in this book; that would have pushed it over the edge, but if she was going to be given so much free reign Plum should have just made her an adult. Kate’s sister was used in the book as well. She was shown often, but overall she never grew as a character and was just used so that she could be used as a damsel in distress against Kate by the antagonist at the end. It was just sad.
The insta love in this book was sickening. At one point when Kate and her sister were out walking they saw Vincent and his friend trying to save a person attempting suicide. They pretended they were cops and lied to her. Throw in a random sword fight (Kate thought it was gang action ha wow) and you have the weirdest situation ever. How did she react? Freaked at first, but later when forced to be with him she didn’t care. Even after he lies to her, impersonates being a cop, admits to stalking her, and calmly watches his friend die she feels “completely safe” with him. Wow.
I was cringing so much at the so called “romance” in this book. At one point Kate thinks “however bad a person he is, he cares about me.”
How stupid is that? If the guy that I had a crush on was that creepy, I would run as far away as I could and never look back. For some reason everyone in this book is freaking insane, and it’s seen as completely normal. Everyone, not just Vincent, has the creepy Edward stalker issue. Vincent watches her every night. He admits to knowing where she lives, and what she likes to do. There is one point in the book where Kate wonders how he knows her number, and he admits to stealing her phone while she was in the bathroom and calling himself so he would have it.
When he’s not doing it everyone else is. They all follow her around, and take turns allowing themselves to be seen. At one point Jean-Baptiste even shows up at her house to spy on her. Le Creepy. They all have this weird obsession with watching the people they save, which makes since in a way, but Plum makes it out to be like a creepy compulsion they can’t help but giving in to.
Beware everyone if someone helps you cross the street and saves you from a runaway bus they might be behind every corner watching your every move. It makes a little since why they do this but the way they stalk Kate is just creepy. And she acts like it’s no big thing. When the action finally kicks in and we are reminded there IS actually a plot and an antagonist it’s like a big shock. It was so out of the blue it was almost as if it was an afterthought. The author was like: Romance, romance, romance, mention of supernatural beings, romance, death, romance, break up, brooding, romance, romance, sexytime, oh yeah it’s probably time for some action BAM! Bet you didn’t see that one coming.
Where was the antagonist hiding the whole book? The whole story he just shows up once (with the sister of course) is mentioned a few times, and then randomly out of the blue comes into the story and is actually kid of creepy. He just takes over the book and I was excited. At the end of the story after everyone has been chased around by the antagonist, someone’s head gets chopped off and Kate’s sister is exposed to the fact that there are supernatural beings; everything goes back to normal like nothing ever happened. Yay, lets ignore the room full of blood and the smell of burning flesh and dance around and make out and have a party. And everyone can live happily ever after in a house full of creepy stalkerish people while Kate and Vincent make goo goo eyes at each other 24/7.
The only good thing, besides the setting was the supernatural aspect. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to find out what they really were. The idea behind the revenants was very unique and kinda creepy-cool. I applaud that, but overall Die for Me was just not for me, and I really wanted this one to be good.
Pro’s Paris (awesome) Cool Zombies Pretty cover
Cons Stalkers Insta love Plot Missing adults Basically everything
I give this book 2 stars for originality and setting, but that’s being nice. ...more