**spoiler alert** Just pretty crappy all around tbh. Travis Coates is unlikable, entitled, and entirely, 100% unfunny. All the reviews of this book pr**spoiler alert** Just pretty crappy all around tbh. Travis Coates is unlikable, entitled, and entirely, 100% unfunny. All the reviews of this book promise it's hilarious. It really, really isn't. Every joke is forced. I also got the impression (from the cover, from the summary, and from the acknowledgements) that this book was very weird. Once again, it really, really isn't. Weirder things have happened in fiction than a white boy getting his head cryogenically frozen and then waking up five years later with a new body. The whole cryogenic thing is basically a plot device anyway, and is not explored nearly enough in the text.
The treatment of Kyle and Cate were this book's biggest sins though. Kyle was Travis' best friend before he died, and he had come out as gay to Travis and only Travis. When Travis wakes up five years later, Kyle has a girlfriend. Travis' reaction to this is unacceptable. Guys, sexuality is fluid and bisexuality exists. It's a bit gross how the text treats sexuality as such a black-and-white subject.
Travis' treatment of Cate, his girlfriend before he died, is almost unforgivable--it's possessive and kinda creepy and has huge "manic pixie dream girl" connotations that turned me off on the relationship entirely. Cate is a wonderful character, whose thoughts about love and letting go of the past are absolutely fantastic. Maybe someday Travis will actually listen to her. Until then, you deserved better, Cate.
Everyone else is basically underdeveloped. I didn't care about Hatton, Audrey, Travis' parents, Lawrence, Dr. Whatever, Lawrence, even Jeremy's family.
This book is saved from just one star because the character development is okay. Travis learns that he was being a jerk and that he has to let go of the past to embrace the now. Also, it was well written enough. Still wish the jokes were better though.
If you're looking for something like this to read, go read Going Bovine by Libba Bray. It deals with about the same subject matter (death and learning how to live life and not dwelling on the past) but it's about a million times better. And actually funny. And really weird. It's got a main character who is also a jerk but who is charming and likable, and who you can actually root for. Please. Love yourself....more
Cute, fun read. The author managed to add interesting (and hilarious) zombie fight scenes and dick jokes while still keeping the spirit of Pride and PCute, fun read. The author managed to add interesting (and hilarious) zombie fight scenes and dick jokes while still keeping the spirit of Pride and Prejudice intact. I was impressed. Definitely worth a read for fans of the original....more
First thing: it was creative as all hell. The things in the Mirrorworld aren't your regular run-of-the-mill fantasy monstersI really liked this book.
First thing: it was creative as all hell. The things in the Mirrorworld aren't your regular run-of-the-mill fantasy monsters, no siree. Sure, you've got your fairies, your unicorns, dragons, witches, dwarves, giants, et cetera, but you've also got awesome monsters like The Tailor, slug things that make you invisible, goyl... and a million other things just mentioned in passing that you look at and go... I wanna know what that one is. The Mirrorworld is ten times more awesome than the Inkworld, hands down. Not to mention all the badass magical gadgets Jacob uses throughout the story--Rapunzel's hair, handkerchief that makes gold coins, knife that can cut through anything, Fox's dress, Lark's water... The Mirrorworld has some cool stuff. Plus, the bad guys shoot guns. It's not your standard fantasy world.
The characters were good. Jacob and Will had an interesting dynamic, I liked Clara, Fox was great, Valiant was the kind of dwarf you want to punch in the face but hug all at once, Hentzau was an awesome, believable bad guy, the Dark Fairy was cool. I wanted to know more about the Red Fairy, she was in for a brief part and then gone (hopefully there will be sequels in which she plays a bigger role).
The plot was good, too, but it was resolved in a funny way. A LOT happens in a very short amount of time, so you've got to be sure you're paying attention. I, unfortunately, was not (I took a break while reading this, which probably kept it from five stars. After I stopped reading it for a while it just wasn't as good).
I'll read the sequels. I loved the Mirrorworld, loved the monsters, loved the gadgets, loved the myths. Some of it was absolutely beautifully written. I want to learn more about Jacob and Will, too. Get inside of Jacob's head especially.
If you're looking for something fresh, this is it....more
This book took a while... a VERY LONG while to get started. I didn't start to really enjoy it until maybe halfway in, maybe a little bit further. OnceThis book took a while... a VERY LONG while to get started. I didn't start to really enjoy it until maybe halfway in, maybe a little bit further. Once it does get good, though, things happen pretty quick.
The book was well plotted, though somewhat predictable ((view spoiler)[Of the five major plot twists, I predicted 2.5--The killer was Orion, Orion was the other Elder, and our Elder was a test tube baby. I was also able to get the connection between the victims long before Amy did. (hide spoiler)]). It's a mystery done well, and I liked the setting; Godspeed was an interesting place. Besides the Season. That was just creepy.
The characters were average, for the most part. Amy was ok. Nothing really special about her. Elder was the same. Eldest... eh. Couldn't figure out what his problem was. Doc and Orion were pretty cool guys. The character I really liked, and who really stuck out to me, was Harley. I've only been done with this book for a few hours, and I've already caught myself thinking about him (and his relationship with Kayleigh) once or twice. I'd have liked to see some more of that, and some more of him, but whatever.
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I got all my Eli Stone feels this time around. I just felt that it was nothing remarkable. It won't change the world. It had itsForgettable. But good.
I got all my Eli Stone feels this time around. I just felt that it was nothing remarkable. It won't change the world. It had its entertainment value, but... eh. Just wouldn't read it again.
It was deep, too. All this talk about sex and suffering and religion... but it wasn't the kind of deep that you close the book and go, "Hey, remember when Rabbi Heschel was talking to Marcelo about the Garden of Eden?"
I liked this book. I loved the characters, the plot wasn't bad, the themes were cute, the setting was unique and interesting. Maybe 3 1/2 stars, reallI liked this book. I loved the characters, the plot wasn't bad, the themes were cute, the setting was unique and interesting. Maybe 3 1/2 stars, really. I think maybe that this book was a bit too long, I enjoyed reading about the mukhayret but maybe some parts could've been cut shorter in the middle. That being said, there's no loose ends that need to be tied up and it was overall a very solid, satisfying story....more
Pretty good, all in all. I had a hard time with some of the art (but this is my first time reading something like this), and some of the characters coPretty good, all in all. I had a hard time with some of the art (but this is my first time reading something like this), and some of the characters confused me, but overall, a good story....more