I was really disappointed in this book. It's been on my TBR pile for a while now, so I was super excited when I finally got my hands on a copy. Little did I know that my excitement would be short lived. And I do mean short. This book is not only riddled with inconsistences, it's also written so poorly that at times I had to guess at what the sentence was actually supposed to be implying. Basically, this book read like the rough draft version of a story, the kind scribbled in bits, pieces, and short hand on cocktail napkins soiled with spilled coffee. Oh. There's another thing. Any semblance of a story was completely drowned out by the over abundance of metaphors and similes. Seriously. A couple here and there is the mark of a good writer. It's impressive, and helps to paint a vivid picture. One every other sentence (sometimes every sentence) does not. All that does is cloud the readers mind with a bunch of useless jargon that completely detaches us. Sometimes there'd be one that seemed clever, until the author continued it on for an entire paragraph killing it. The plot half the time didn't make sense because we weren't given proper knowledge of the world or the characters in them. Gods live forever, are immortal, ok, that goes without saying. However, why the heck would they have multiple seventeen birthdays? They aren't actually seventeen. And was this her birthday every year? I believe it was mentioned that she had one every seventeen years, so does that mean that once it happens the next year the clock gets reset to birthday number one? Huh? And what about aging? Wouldn't she and her mom look an awfully lot a like age wise if they continued to look that young for basically ever? That was never described, or explained. Now that the mom's been mentioned, on to her. You've got to be kidding me. Yes, the Demeter from the original myth has always been considered over protective, and possibly over bearing, and Persephone has been portrayed as the naïve waif of a daughter, but this book took it way too far. First of all, how the heck could she control her kid that much for so long without there being at least one rebellious stage before this one? It's supposedly been five thousand years. There's just no way Persephone would have stuck around dealing with her moms rules for that long, at least not the ridiculous ones. She can't have friends, can't date boys, can't go to dances...Basically, they travel the world in order to stay hidden (which also makes no sense and I'll get to in a minute) and she can't do anything. There really wasn't even a point in having Persephone go to school. It was a useless thing in this book. It also doesn't make sense because they don't actually need that as a cover. It's called home schooling. It's not ideal, but it's common enough. She can't actually hang out with anyone she meets at school anyway, after all. There's an easy way to tie in her neighbor even if she's home schooled. Which also, Adonis? Be subtle why don't you. And if you're trying to stay hidden and blend in, you're gonna have to change a lot more than just your last name. Try your first for instance. If they were really hiding, she would be going by something other than Persephone, a name which also detracts from their "goal" which is to remain unnoticed. On their whole hiding thing: Hades can literally find them any time. Any time. Persephone proves this when she's in the Underworld and she says her moms name into a weird computer thing. Instantly she can see her mom and where she is. Even with the cloak up that Zeus had blocking that machine (if that's supposed to be the case, though it was never explained as such) all Hades has to do is search for a girl named Persephone. He's clearly got high tech machinery. I'm sure he can do it. Then there's the instalove that occurs. She hates him, then he tosses her up against a wall and suddenly BOOM. She basically loves him and never wants to leave. Wow. She doesn't even go a whole three days with him after that before she actually says the word. Not that I believe she would even know what that means. She acts like such a child. Unless her brain ceased developing somewhere over the course of the last five thousand years, there is no way Persephone, a goddess, would be talking and acting like a four year old child. She actually gets in his face trying to annoy him by asking "Why" to everything he says. Like a little kid. Really. Honestly, the only good thing about this book was that it was short, so I somehow managed to stomach my way through it. There needs to be some major character development, plot development, and world building done to this before it can be considered even a good story. I'm a huge fan of the myth, and the premise was a good one, but the execution...I wouldn't recommend this. (less)
So...maybe it's just me, but I thought this was terrible. First of all, this isn't a novella, it's a short story. While there's nothing wrong with a s...moreSo...maybe it's just me, but I thought this was terrible. First of all, this isn't a novella, it's a short story. While there's nothing wrong with a short story, it should at least be labeled as one correctly. A novella is something that's longer then a short but shorter then a novel. Second of all, the grammar was atrocious. Seriously. The tense also seemed to jump around sometimes which was just annoying, and the dialogue between the characters wasn't very believable at all. Oh, and was everyone aware that Logan is a wolf fey from feyland? I swear I counted a repeat of that over ten times on one page. After a while it's like, ok, we get it. Also, I might have missed something and if I did I apologize for this next part, but was this one Breena's 16th birthday as well? If so, this doesn't match up to the first book of the series (which I read despite how terrible this was). I mean, I like the idea of getting more in depth with the wolf fey, but it could have been executed better. I would skip over this, but suggest still giving the first book a try. (less)
I didn't hate it. It wasn't the best thing I've ever read, or even up there, but there were some aspects about the plot that I liked. The idea behind...moreI didn't hate it. It wasn't the best thing I've ever read, or even up there, but there were some aspects about the plot that I liked. The idea behind it was good. Sure, some typical plot devises were used but so what? Pretty much every writer is gonna do that at least once. What I didn't like was how quickly paced the story was. There was no way to grasp the characters because we never really got to experience them doing any of the important stuff. Those occasions where it was attempted, the author pushed the scene so hard it flew past. I wanted more depth, basically. Also, the asking price for this was simply too high. The book wasn't long enough for me to have spent that much money on it. It also wasn't satisfying enough for me to over look the high price of the other books. (less)
There was a lot of potential for the plot in this but the story moved way too quickly. I didn't really care what was going on. Also, the ending was re...moreThere was a lot of potential for the plot in this but the story moved way too quickly. I didn't really care what was going on. Also, the ending was really cheesy. (less)
This book, while slow at some points, still had an interesting plot line. But the ending was terrible. It basically made me reading the whole thing po...moreThis book, while slow at some points, still had an interesting plot line. But the ending was terrible. It basically made me reading the whole thing pointless because practically nothing is accomplished. If you're one of those types that can look past the last few chapters of a book, and just appreciate the beginning and middle them I'd recommend this, otherwise...(less)
So I have to admit, I really didn't like this book. I hated the main character, the dialogue was stilted and forced, and the storyline itself moved either way too quickly or way too slowly, I haven't really decided yet. Let's start at the beginning, the main character Noel (which is a cool name, I like that) has been dating this guy Brad for about three years now when he brings her to a restaurant really close to her apartment and breaks up with her. Ok, so the guy didn't even bother going to the door to get her, just stayed outside by the car, so yes, you get right off the bat he's kinda a jerk. Then the way he breaks up with her is pretty horrible, and definitely not the type of break up you'd expect from someone you'd been dating for three years. HOWEVER, this is really the only time we see Brad, who is supposed to be this giant jerk. She later calls him, "selfish, and arrogant" going on to say, "It was a wonder I didn't see it sooner." Well so far, sure he broke up with her poorly, but I'm not really seeing anything to prove that she was worth him still dating. And on top of that, if he's really this bad how is it she didn't see it before? She's realizing it now, which is good, but a few examples here, like her remembering other times he was acting really rude to her, would have been helpful to sell this idea. Moving on, then because she's so upset about her break up, she stays home from work without calling for three days. Seriously? She's calling Brad selfish yet she's blowing off her boss without even so much as a word? That's not cool, and what's more, it does not make me feel for the character. In fact, if anything, it makes me like her a whole lot less. She doesn't even tell her bestfriend about it, which would be ok-sometimes I need to stew over something before I tell my bestfriend too-except whenever you see Noel and Autumn together (at least in the beginning) it just always seems like Noel is blowing her off. As long as they're talking about her its fine, but the second Autumn wants to talk about her witchy side or anything really meaningful to her, she gets snapped at. Take for instance later on when she shows up after having slept with this guy she really likes and has liked for a long time. Noel just snaps at her. She apologizes afterwards, and Autumn forgives her and moves on, but in my mind the damage is already done. So far, if I were Brad, I would have dumped her too. Not that she actually stays upset over that for that long. She was so distraught she couldn't even bother to call out of work, but within a few days she's ready to go out and have sex with anyone she meets. Wow. She finally shows up at her place of work only to have a three sentence conversation with her boss before being fired, to which she and her friend actually have the audacity to call him a pain in the ass. Um...she missed THREE DAYS OF WORK without calling out. He's completely justified, in fact, he was a lot nicer then he had to be/should have been. This girl clearly just thinks she should get whatever she wants. She should have tried to come up with something to keep her job, and she also should have felt a lot worse for making him cover all of her shifts just so he could keep his business running. That whole scene went way too quickly. When she has a dream about "killing" her bestfriend, she doesn't care enough. She's more concerned over HER guilt at doing it and less over the fact that now her friend is DEAD. Hello. Going back to Autumn and her interest in magic, Noel is constantly brushing her aside, and we're told that she's been doing this their entire friendship. She's clearly a skeptic, YET at the same time, she's totally ok with the idea of a man she saw in her dreams appearing on the other side of the street. Huh? She doesn't freak out nearly enough, even when she sees him again at a party. She doesn't even bother taking the time to find out why she's been seeing him, she just walks up and says hi. Here's where I had another major problem. They literally talk for like five minutes before they head back to her place and have sex. There's no way I'd bring a stranger back to my place, ESPECIALLY if I'd been having weird dreams with him in them. At least not until after first talking to him about them, finding out who he really is. I mean, she saw him across the street and now he's here. Even she said it wasn't a coincidence. She's got this super powerful connection with him, ok cool, but seriously? And when they enter her room and show up in a field she's completely chill about it, even the next day when she realizes it was real and tells her friend. That part happens in basically a paragraph too. If it's going to be written at least do it so that it's not a brush over. I mean, I don't want intense details or anything like that, but it would have been a good opportunity to put us back in her head and have her explain how she thought this was a good idea. Autumn keeps saying how powerful and scary this coin is (which is sort of dumb because you'd think the fact that she's actually friends with all these people would have made her contemplate them) but despite everything that's happened, Noel still brushes her off. What? Worst. Bestfriend. Ever. Also, not very bright. Throughout the book she doesn't come off as very bright in fact. Just spoiled, self centered, and annoying. No one focuses on anything long enough in this book, one minute Autumn is freaking the next she's fine. One minute Noel is sad about Brad the next she's not. And they take WAY too many showers. I don't care. By thirty pages in she'd already taken five showers, who is that important for me to see? Basically the exact same things keep happening. Shower, sleep, knock from Autumn. Repeat process. Again. And again. And Again. Ugh. The same situation that happens with Jared happens with Boone, where the guy just shows up at this coffee shop she's at with only her name. She doesn't find it a tad strange that this guy was able to track her down with just her name? She was in a coffee shop, there are probably dozens of those around, and there's no way this is a tiny little city so...? But instead of questioning anything, she gets on the back of a motorcycle with him and heads off to a hotel room. Alone. Without telling anyone. Stupid. Sure, he ends up being a good guy, but she doesn't know that, and all signs point to him being a creepy stalker. Add to this that now she's totally into Boone despite the fact she literally just slept with his partner. Not cool. Don't get me wrong, at the end of this book I am glad that the two of them are the ones who ended up together, but I really feel the whole sex scene could have been forgone. Just a few other quick things, the second I found out Autumn was actually one of them my first thought was, now it all makes sense. She's stayed with selfish, self centered, immature Noel because she HAD to. No reader should ever think this about the main character. I liked Autumn more. Heck, I liked Wren more! At least she had conviction. The dialogue was soooooooooooooooo hard to read. The author did a lot of, "I am" and "I will" instead of "I'm" and "I'll". That actually does make it a lot harder to really get into the story because generally people now-a-days don't talk like that. And some sentences were just poorly written, take for example, "This tulip wasn't as beautiful as the ones I remembered from my dream night, but it does happen to tell me I didn't imagine the night." Choppy. All in all, I think it's safe to say that I did not enjoy this book like so many others apparently have. The action was good, I'll give it that, but information was just thrust upon the reader in big chunks (like when Autumn introduces everyone and their partners), the dialogue was so hard to get into, scenes were there that just took up space (filler scenes) and Noel was terrible. I did not like her. At all. I wouldn't recommend this book, but at the same token, this is just my personal opinion and there are a lot of other people who seemed to like it so...:/ (less)
This book possessed me. And not in a good way. I kept thinking to myself, why am I still reading this? It's like Sin really was real and just wouldn't let me stop no matter how bad the book was. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't horrible, I mean, I did finish it at least, but it really wasn't good either. First of all, the writing style. There was a lot of telling and not enough showing. There were many parts where I had to stop and back track just to figure out what was going on because she didn't just let us see it. Things were vague, or brushed over, so I didn't know where the characters were or what they were talking about. An example of this is one scene in which apparently Dice, Pen, and Sin all get sucked into the past. At first, I had no idea that Pen somehow had gotten drawn there with them. It just wasn't described well enough. I don't want to spend half my time deciphering the author's words. Another issue I had was how quickly Dice "fell in love" with him. They'd only had three conversations, and yes, while his story was a sad one, that doesn't really merit her falling in love with him. I wanted there to be more to it, a stronger connection between the two of them, or at least more encounters before she decided that what she felt for him was love and not just heavy like. Then there's the whole take on CTer's. I'm from Connecticut. I also have friends who live in New York. I don't classify everyone from New York as a "stay out all night partier " so everyine in CT shouldn't have been classified as a "blond socoliate" in this book. Are there areas in CT where there are socialites? Yes. But, um, hello? Upper East side anyone? There are areas like that everywhere, and instead of specifying that this happened to be one of those places in CT, the book kept talking about the state as a whole. I don't really even see why everyone needed to be blond. They had to be a rich community in general in order for Sin to do his whole "see what you really are" act, but seriously with the blond? I'm pretty sure there was even a comment (or something like it) where Dice was talking about how everyone down there, in typical CT fashion, was blond. I'm a brunette. I mean, even Marsh was a blond. The story didn't flow very well, it was way too vague in places it just shouldn't have been, and Dice's first person narrative was just way to repetitive for my tastes. I get it. One last thing I didn't like, the way Sin's story, and later Hannah's story, was told. Yes, it was good to get to really see the events first hand, but at the same time, Sin explaining his sordid past to Dice would have been the perfect moment to really show the two of them connecting. Instead, we kept being tossed back from a third person narrative to first person. I didn't like it, and it made me feel disconnected somehow. I couldn't feel as badly for him, or later for Hannah when we briefly see the story sort of from her perspective (another moment in the book where everything is so vague I had to reread like five times). I just felt these were perfect moments for us to really see the characters connect with one another, but we didn't get that. HOWEVER, despite all the things I didn't like about this book, there were a few things I did like. The idea of using golems for one. Not many people do that, and in fact, not many people really know much about the golem myth's anymore. I liked that the author chose to use one here, going the more unique route in that respect. I also still really like the concept of the book. Also, I loved how we didn't find out what happened to Ruby until the end. With that part of the story, it really worked in Malkin's favor to leave it to the end. Back to the whole possession thing, while I really did not enjoy reading this book, I still feel incredibly compelled to read the second for some reason so...more then likely I will. It wasn't that I was drawn into the story, I think it's more of that I already spent all that time reading the first half of it, I don't want that to be a complete and total waste so want to know what happens next. I think this is one book that I really should have read the other reviews of before purchasing.(less)
I got a copy of this book through a R2R because the storyline sounded very interesting. Once the story finally got into it, there were a lot of great twists and turns that left the reader questioning what was going to happen next. I liked the suspense in this, and how it started right away with us seeing the crash through Ella's dream (which was a great way to start and show us without having us actually there) and then with Jake missing in the woods. I thought both scenes were great ways of drawing the reader in without being over the top. Seeing the accident through her dream helped drive home the fact that she wasn't over what had happened. Which is why I was a little annoyed that that part of the story sort of fell by the way side further in. I would have liked there to be more focus on Ella and her dead boyfriend. Ella herself was also really annoying, and not just her. A lot of the characters in the beginning seemed too over the top. Dean felt forced into the mold of a cliche party boy, equipped with the bad attitude (Jasa). For a rich family who really didn't want to be seen as just spoiled rich snobs, he sure managed to pull it off well. That also felt like forced information at the beginning when we hear from Ella's inner monologue that she's got money but hates being judged for it. She also goes on to saying her mom told her not to let other people's opinions both her, yet she clearly is if it annoys her when she's thought of as spoiled right off. Her father was another one that seemed forced, like he was there just to further the plot but not fully fleshed out first. The scene between him and Dean in the cabin for instance was rushed and he started yelling way to soon for it to come off as anything other than over dramatic. Another thing that bugged me was a part where she's kissing Mark and she excuses him becoming too handsy by saying he couldn't control himself. Because we're seeing all of this from first person, this isn't the type of thing she should know for a fact. That sort of behavior isn't excusable, and she just brushes it aside while telling us that he lost control. Not all of the characters where forced, there were a few that I really liked such as Josie, and of course, Tristan. Once we got further into the story where we could really see Ella's new experiences with both of these two things got better. I love the dynamics between Ella and Tristan, though she treats him pretty poorly in the beginning which again was annoying. I felt that because Josie had a bigger part, her character wasn't forced into a little box. She was given more thought and because of that ended up a well rounded character. I think that this proves that this author needs to polish this work more, but can without a doubt do it. A lot of the sentences are repetitive, and whole scenes should be either lengthened or taken out entirely. I would recommend this book to those who are interested in a good mystery however, because it definitely does keep you wondering the whole way through. I don't want to give any of the actual plot away and spoil it for anyone so I'll just leave it at that. Oh, but just as one last note, the term is actually "wives tales" not "wise tales". :) Common mistake that's easily fixed. (less)
I loved Hush, Hush. Full on loved it. This book? This is what I initially assumed Hush, Hush would be like when I first picked it up. Poor character quality, and luke warm execution. What the heck happened to Nora in this book? How/when did she turn into such a whiny, moronic girl? I think when she came back to life at the end of book one, she did so missing half of her brain because seriously...From the get go she makes stupid decisions that make next to no sense. I started thinking she was bipolar, which would be fine if that were really the case...but it wasn't. She just couldn't make up her mind. One minute she'd be thinking she wanted Patch back and she'd make up with him, and the next he'd actually be there and she'd be telling him to get away from her. The reason the two of them broke up made sense, but it was poorly executed. It felt like the author only knew that she needed to get them to split in the beginning and didn't bother taking the time to really flush out the how or the why of it. Because of that Nora came off childish and immature, and Patch was just allusive (in the not good way) and annoying. Speaking of, Nora's mom was getting on my last nerve in this book. First of all, she had no right to act like an over bearing mother when all she's ever done was work away from home. Do I get that she needs that job in order to keep the house? Yes. However, she can't yell at Nora for being a minute late for curfew EVEN THOUGH SHE"S IN THE DRIVEWAY, yet then go off for four nights straight leaving her there alone. She even sold her car. This just felt like a plot device thrown in there because honestly what mother is going to leave her daughter abandoned in an old farm house out in the middle of no where with no way of leaving? What if there was an emergency? In the first book her mom cares about her life, but you don't get the sense that she's forcing her way in or being overbearing, however in this one any time you see her she's acting like a control freak. There's a big difference between being parental and just being controlling. Trying to hook her up with Scott, a boy she hasn't seen for years? I see where Nora got her stupid, let's put it that way. Every time something important happened that she needed to tell Patch about she didn't. If she'd only told him about the weird things going on from the get go they probably could have figured the whole thing out three hundred pages earlier. Quantity does not always equal quality. I would have much rather read two hundred pages and been left wanting more than the four hundred some that now leaves me wanted to burn this book and avoid the rest like the plague. On page 133 Marcie even tells Nora there's nothing going on with Patch (this was before something was) and Nora didn't believe her. Ok, from what we know about Marcie, the girl who pointed out her dad was dead, she doesn't exactly rely on lying to do her dirty work. Nope, the girl uses the truth in order to wound people, so why would she lie now? It was dumb, and Nora wouldn't believe or listen to anyone. It made perfect sense she and Patch couldn't talk without risking the Archangels listening in on them, however, she wouldn't even listen when he'd visited her dreams. Again, it really just felt forced the entire book, and it made me hate Nora. On page 330, for instance, she judged Patch for entering peoples memories in order to glean information he needed to keep them both safe. Um, hypocrite? Throughout this ENTIRE book she sneaks into basically every characters house. How is that not invading peoples privacy? It is the exact same thing. Sometimes it's not even in order to protect herself, so much as she's curious. At least Patch had a reason for doing what he did, one that was life or death. There are tons of inconstancy's in this book, like once when Rixon calls Patch, says he'll show soon, and he never does. Nora doesn't even question why he never showed. Scott's personality doesn't make sense. One second he's into her, the next he's guilty? Then he claims to have been guilty the whole time and it was hard to be around her...Um, what? Then why were you trying to sleep with her? Must have been really hard for you. Stupid. Then there's also when she's trying to figure out the whole Black Hand thing. If the Black Hand doesn't know Scott is there, but Patch does....Hello? And she keeps flip flopping on her opinions about this. Make up your mind. Besides, if I thought even for a split second someone had killed my dad, any love I'd felt for them would be gone. She's also so sure she can move out. She's a minor. She can't go anywhere, and she's not even smart enough to realize it. The only redeeming character in this book was Vee, which is ironic because I hated her in the first one. There was still an issue with her, however, and that was that we were constantly being bombarded with the fact she likes to eat and she calls Nora babe. We get it. She likes food. That does not mean she has to be eating it, or suggesting they eat, every single scene she's in. She also does not have to repeat the word babe every other sentence. This makes it less of a personality quirk and more of a hindrance for the reader. It's sad that we needed to know she ate six donuts in one sitting. It's even more sad that that was more interesting then half the other crap going on in this book. The only good part was the ending. The last twenty or so pages it was like all of a sudden we were given back the Nora from the first book (whom I loved, by the way). The action was good and well written, it was crafty, interesting, and flowed well. It didn't feel forced, like everything that had come before it. Of course, this just adds merit to my belief that the other only really knew how she wanted it to end, and everything else was just a means to get there. I spent all day debating whether or not to give this book two stars, and not the one I've been planning on giving it this whole time, just because of the ending. Then I realized that it wasn't so much the ending not sucking that made me even debate giving it an extra star, it was the fact that it had finally ENDED. I do already have the third book in this series, and I'm seriously hopeful that it goes back to being the amazing story that Hush, Hush was, because if Silence is anything like this...Basically, I recommend reading Hush, Hush, but only if you go into it without getting your hopes up too high for this sequel. (less)
I wasn't as impressed with this one as I was with another of Opal Carew's books. There wasn't very much story line, and what little there was sort of fell by the way side. I wanted to know more about Ben, Sloan, and Janine and the way their lives used to be, but we weren't given very much. The sex scenes were good, but sometimes even those felt over the top and forced. I couldn't really connect with Janine, and she never really took the time to think anything through. Being impulsive is one thing, but she wrote Sloan off right away and didn't bother giving her emotional self a chance. I couldn't really figure out why all of these guys were falling for her. The physical I get, but emotionally...I'm not sure why they were in love with her because she never really showed much personality. Sloan also seemed like a major push over half the time, and if it was for a good reason then I wouldn't have a problem with it, except, again, he kept doing all of these things for Janine and I couldn't understand why or what was so great about her. All in all, I wasn't overly impressed with this one, but if all you want is a toooon of sex scenes, then this is for you. (less)
I was expecting a lot from this book from the get go I must admit. Maybe if I hadn't first seen the show my opinion of it would have been different, though I highly doubt it. While the first book in the Nine Lives of Chloe King series was a fast read, not a lot actually happened. For one, by the end we still don't know exactly what she is. All we get is, "cat person". Cat person. Really. Really? You've got to be kidding me. The ending is highly anticlimactic, with the bad guy being defeated in a pretty lame way. I'm getting a head of myself though, let's go back to the beginning of the book. Chloe is stupid. Seriously. Knowing how high up she is, why would she ever decide to balance on a ledge? And this is before she's aware of her cat like reflexes f.y.i. I mean, I'm not saying that an almost sixteen year old deserves to die for stupidity but...it was still a dumb move. Throughout she's also not overly likable. I don't hate her, but I don't really care about her either, which in my mind is a problem. If I'm not fully invested in a character, why should I keep reading their story? She's nothing like she was in the show, an intelligent, loving girl coming into her own. Instead, we get a somewhat bratty, highly immature portrayal of a stereotypical teen. Don't get me wrong, I swear, do now, did in high school. A lot. But when Chloe does it it doesn't even seem like it fits. It's always at weird times, and comes off as so forced that I always have to pause and force myself to try and picture it in my mind. It shouldn't be that hard. She just ends up coming off shallow. There's a part in the book where it's basically stated that she's smoking clove cigarettes just to be "cool". Because that makes me like her more. Not. I dipped my toes in the smoking scene in high school (which really wasn't that long ago, as I'm only 23, so I can still mostly relate) but I would never have admitted that it was just to look "cool", and considering every other second Chloe doesn't really seem to care about popularity, I don't think she would either. None of these characters were very well rounded, in fact, they all fell pretty flat. AlyecTMI, but if that were the case, I'd have had three times as many boyfriends as I actually had, and I'm sure that could be said for a lot of people. (Not that I'm suggesting everyone go out and randomly make out with people). All of a sudden though, after just kissing, she's got two boyfriends? Huh? Which brings me to Brian...another just wow. He's even worse than Alyec (seriously though, right spelling? WHY?). All those times when Chloe claims he's being really smart and interesting, I was yawning. And something is clearly off about him from the beginning. Even the kitty hat, which should have been a quirky attribute like in the show, seemed actually more...creepy? weird? odd? to me in this book. By the end, even though he's nothing like his character from the show so you shouldn't see it coming, you're pretty much like, duh. There are scenes where Chloe is "yelling" at him, and they just came off ridiculous. Not believable, and completely forced. Her friends aren't really any better, and half the time I was wondering why the author even bothered giving her any. At least if she was the silent loner type at school her cigarette comments and soaking up all the new boy attention would make sense. Sort of. Both Paul and Amy however, are unimportant for the storyline. They literally do nothing. At all. And Chloe's mother...don't even get me started on her. So, just a quick recap, you never find out what Chloe is. Her friends do little to nothing other than go off page to make out. Her mother has been keeping her from dating because of some stupid promise she made TWELVE years ago. Brian is really a freak like Chloe says (even though her calling him that was lame), and Alyec is only slightly more interesting than any of the other characters, and that's mostly because I still envision him as Benjamin Stone. That said....yes, I am a sucker. I do fully intend to keep reading the series, but only because the show was so good, I need to know how it could have possible ended, despite all the major differences between them. Honestly though, I would only recommend this to someone who wants to kill an hour or two and has literally nothing else to do instead.
I'm more then half way through and just can't bring myself to finish it. Maybe one day but definitely not now. The main character is just incredibly a...moreI'm more then half way through and just can't bring myself to finish it. Maybe one day but definitely not now. The main character is just incredibly annoying and completely shallow, despite the authors attempt to show otherwise. It takes forever for the story to actually take off, and everyone just seems winey. She ends up saying they get along because they're both good people but at the same time we constantly see her turn the other cheek when one of her friends is being rude or mean to someone. I really liked the idea behind it, but it just didn't follow up. At one point I thought I was reading Twilight seeing as how they managed to climb 50 feet up a tree and are sitting on the same branch together. Thats really high. Higher then normal people would climb. It just wasn't believable at all. And I really doubt a branch that high up could support them for long. Just saying. If this was written in the third person so we could see her acting and weren't so immersed in her head where all she talks about is how beautiful she is it would have probably been much better. (less)
This is a fairly short book, at only 161 pages. In my mind, the fact that I struggled for almost two weeks to get through despite how short it is says a lot. I really wanted to love this book. The idea behind a girl who can see ghosts meeting Death is great. Yet while I loved the concept behind this (and still do) the actual portrayal of it made this book fall short for me. For one, the characters aren't actually all that interesting. I can't really put my finger on why exactly, but it has something to do with the way their thoughts and actions are basically forced to move at a fast pace which leaves everything somewhat unbelievable. Leif's feelings for her, for instance. They start dating and then BAM he's in love with her. Everything moves way too quickly. If it was slowed down, drawn out more so that the reader's given more time to really get to know these characters it would have been much better. As for Dank, his name aside, I can't see any real reason she should be so in love with him. Is he cute? Yes. Does the thought of his voice kind of make me want to swoon? Yes. Am I in love with him? No. All he keeps saying is that he can't tell her things and he's not good for her. But she keeps pushing it anyway, even though she knows nothing about him. The dialogue is another thing. I find it grating half the time and just plain frustrating the most of the time. Everything is either repeated a million times on the same exact page, or they're talking to each other like they've just met. Case in point, I wasted an entire week of time I could have been reading something even remotely good as opposed to wasting my time with this. I'm sorry that I have such a harsh opinion of it, and there are some reviewers who feel otherwise about this book, but if you're into structure, well rounded characters, and to not have to listen to the same sentence repeated a million times, then this book is not for you. I won't be continuing with this series. This is one of those cases where I should have paid more attention to the poor reviews then the average rating above. (less)
I received this book from a RI&R. The thing that initially caught my attention about this book was the unique story line. It was an interesting concept, the idea of soul mates having to choose whether or not they wanted to be with each other or give themselves away to demons. While this idea was expressed within the book, it wasn't really as fleshed out as I expected. For one, the characters didn't have much depth. One moment Erin doesn't believe in anything and the next she's completely convinced that she lived a past life. Yes, the evidence was pretty extensive, but a skeptic would still hesitate a little. She didn't. Seth wasn't very well rounded either. He seemed flat, and often times a little ridiculous. I kept wanting to see something from him, I'm not sure what, but nothing ever happened. He's loyal to his brother and that's it, and while I get that because of what happened in his life, it would seem less far fetched if that was emphasized. I wanted more of why Seth is willing to disbelieve despite the fact he's in the past, and why he's still willing to hand it over to his brother. All of the scenes kind of just jumped around, and all of the information was thrust upon us at once. Another thing was the flash back to the past. It didn't really seem necessary for us to follow around those other characters. It felt almost like a waste of my time, like it deviated from the story. And the pov jumps were frustrating themselves, because it didn't just happen in Erin and Seth's head but other characters like Sophia. She's another character I didn't fully buy in to. That whole scene all I kept thinking was they don't need to repeat each others names ever single time they open their mouths. It's just not necessary. Or believable. It was also strange having them follow her into this house and then have this conversation with her. It didn't really seem relevant, and afterwards they walked out like everything was normal. Some scenes, like the one with the hyena, were really good. I got to see more personality behind both Seth and Erin. I wish there were more scenes that focused on just the two of them, why they're here and how they feel about it. The author tries to give us information on Erin through the character's dialogue, but that just seems awkward and forced. Erin comes off slightly full of herself because of it. She's constantly dropping information about her life at random times, where it doesn't really fit. Instead, I'd like to know more about her by maybe having Seth ask questions. I want to know more about how she is in her head. I feel like certain things needed to be given more attention, while other scenes needed to be cut down. I still love the idea behind this story, but as far as the execution I didn't feel like I got what the blurb promised. I didn't hate it, and I do really think that there's a great story here. It just needs to be fleshed out more and told in a less disjointed way.
I was pretty disapointed by this book. I'm a huge fan of Cabot's Mediator series, but the writting style in this was absolutly nothing like that! I couldn't even believe they were written by the same person. For one, the events in this book are all topsy-turvy. We're constantly thrown back into past occurances, but without any chance in style or format. It got to the point where I was just annoyed all the time because I wanted to know what was happening in the now as opposed to trying to figure out what happened in the past and how it relates to the present. The main character, Pierce, also was pretty annoying. She kept on saying that John had done this horrible stuff to her, when it reality...it wasn't really all that bad. She wasn't too bright either. It was just hard to route for her, or anyone else for that matter. I just couldn't bring myself to care. They all seemed so two dimensional, flat. I had to struggle practically all week just to finish this book, and the only reason I even did that much was out of respect for the author. Things were just picking up at the very end, and then it was over. I don't think I'm going to bother reading the next book. If it's written anything like this one, I already know I won't like it. (less)