I got about halfway through before giving up. The protagonist, Kelsey, was very unbelievable, incredibly whiny and annoying. It was the most awkward s...moreI got about halfway through before giving up. The protagonist, Kelsey, was very unbelievable, incredibly whiny and annoying. It was the most awkward style of writing I've ever read. Seeing all the rave reviews makes me very suspicious... (less)
I'm not sure how I really feel about this. There were a lot of cringe-worthy cheesy lines, dialogue, and descriptions throughout the story, but there...moreI'm not sure how I really feel about this. There were a lot of cringe-worthy cheesy lines, dialogue, and descriptions throughout the story, but there were also some redeeming parts that seemed to come out of nowhere. I don't know. Maybe I'm getting too old to read certain ya books. The main characters always sound the same. I did like Emily though, with the few appearances she did make. (less)
It's strange...I read this a couple of weeks ago and then all of a sudden I got Marchetta's characters stuck in my head from Saving Francesca and then...moreIt's strange...I read this a couple of weeks ago and then all of a sudden I got Marchetta's characters stuck in my head from Saving Francesca and then got to thinking about The Piper's Son again. When I first read it, I listed it under my favorites, but wasn't so sure how I really felt about it. I just knew it belonged there.
I started rereading some parts from it and it's funny how you seem to gloss over the really important parts the first time around and don't truly appreciate them until you see it for a second time. Now I know why this will stay a favorite.
Funny guys who use humor to hide their pain are probably the hardest people to get to know but when they do let you in, it's usually so worth it. Because the deeper you dig, the more there is and I don't know why but I find that fascinating in people.
Thomas was a difficult person to read about. There were many times when I wanted to smack the hell out of him and tell him to get over himself and his fucking pride so he could really start his life with the one person he knows could make him happier. Yes, I understand he has the whole fear of abandonment thing going on because of his family-pushing others away because he lost his trust in the two people who he should have been able to depend on. But there comes a point when you need to open yourself to people and possibilities again or you will just end up being dead inside. A zombie.
But again, I just loved this book. I loved that Saving Fransesca wasn't the end of those wonderful people. I am a little heartbroken though that Jimmy didn't make an appearance. Please, make it happen one day Melina. (less)
**spoiler alert** I'm pretty disappointed with this last installment. The two previous books I fell absolutely in love with and read in one sitting wh...more**spoiler alert** I'm pretty disappointed with this last installment. The two previous books I fell absolutely in love with and read in one sitting while this has taken me days to finish. I agree with most of the three star reviews. It's just okay to me. Here are the biggest things that bothered me:
A lot of the dialogue was a bit too cheesy and the story didn't flow well like with the first two books.
Ellie's best friend, Kate, accepted Ellie's world without a lot of convincing...I would say she freaked out when she saw Marcus in his true form after the attacks at the party, for a grand total of two minutes. Not very realistic. And why would Marcus be interested in her? He lists his reasons why when he talks to her, but still...He's several hundred years old and Kate is an actual teenager, whereas Ellie, even if she is in a teenage body, has a soul that's pretty old, so that explains her connection with Will, who has been her guardian for centuries. But Marcus and Kate? Makes no sense. I know this is fiction, but it still bothers me nonetheless. Also, Kate didn't seem all that bothered that Ellie would have to die. She treated the situation like Ellie was just moving to another state.
Ellie kept bouncing back and forth between talking like a dumb teenager and a wise angel. There was no smooth transition. It just depended on who she was talking to.
There were entire passages that were info dumps that I skimmed over and they didn't even seem all that important in the end. The long battle scenes, especially towards the end, I found myself having to reread because they didn't hold my attention.
I remember being an emotional wreck after the second book, but the closer I came to the end of this one, the more I was thinking mehhhhhhh, let this be over already.
I don't know...overall the writing was mediocre. I don't know what the heck happened. It makes me wonder if I should reread those first two books I loved. (less)