**spoiler alert** I have mixed feelings about this book.
I liked Violet's ability to sense murdered people, how her romance with Jay progressed and how**spoiler alert** I have mixed feelings about this book.
I liked Violet's ability to sense murdered people, how her romance with Jay progressed and how some chapters were written from the killer's POV. I think that overall it was a good debut novel, but there were some aspects that could have been improved on.
For example, I would have liked to learn more about Violet's ability - it was mentioned that her grandmother had had similar skills and I really hoped that the author would give the reader more background and explanations, but unfortunately that never happened.
Violet was mainly a passive character. She almost never took initiative, she just let things happen to her. When she finally decided to do something by herself, though, she got into trouble and had to be rescued by her boyfriend. *rolls eyes*
I didn't like how everything just happened to happen so conveniently, some events seemed to take place just so the story could progress. It felt too contrived. Also, there weren't many surprises, neither in mystery nor romance subplots. And the ending! I would have loved to see more action after all this build up.
In the end, the author didn't tell us much about the killers and their background. We just learned that two men happened together - one searched for victims and the other one killed them. I'd like to know how this kind of people meet and start working together, because this is kind of twisted and unusual and I kind of really don't imagine them becoming friends and just starting dividing tasks. The author could have told us more about it.
However, I'm giving this novel 3 stars. It was a quick and entertaining read and I'll be waiting for the next volume....more
The story started out better than I'd anticipated. First, vampires acted like... well, real vampires, drinking blood and killing people. Second...
Oh wThe story started out better than I'd anticipated. First, vampires acted like... well, real vampires, drinking blood and killing people. Second...
Oh wait, I thought there were more redeeming qualities.
Anyway, the other aspects of this story are typical to Meyer's storytelling. Once again she merrily ignores the show, don't tell rule. Bree is kind of Mary Sue-ish, being able to control herself more than other newborns without any reason. Love between Diego and Bree isn't believable. And only Meyer is capable of making her characters kill off hundreds of people and leave the reader yawning.
I have to give her a point, though, for calling her vampires walking disco balls. Too bad that finally admitting the truth isn't enough to give this book a better rating....more
I've browsed it twice in a bookstore and it turned out to be just as ridiculous as the novels. Bad writing aside, the drawings were quite ugly and seeI've browsed it twice in a bookstore and it turned out to be just as ridiculous as the novels. Bad writing aside, the drawings were quite ugly and seemed rushed. Besides, adding filters to photos and using them as background is just fail....more
Spoiler alert: Zoey Redbird is perfect. Vampyres don't have to drink blood. Close relationships are formed in the course of few days.
I was extremely annoSpoiler alert: Zoey Redbird is perfect. Vampyres don't have to drink blood. Close relationships are formed in the course of few days.
I was extremely annoyed with how Zoey always explained everything to readers. Yeah, we're not that dumb, you don't have to spell out every friggin' word for us. I also didn't like the supposedly funny (but actually forced and unfunny) remarks. No one in this book had actual character, they just had some characteristics that everyone relates to certain stereotypes (chill gay dude, wise old mentor, hot popular guy drooling over the main character etc).
Gave it two stars originally, but actually it's not worth it....more
I wanted to enjoy this book, because it was obviously a lot better than the first one, but heavy foreshadowing constantly ruined my reading experienceI wanted to enjoy this book, because it was obviously a lot better than the first one, but heavy foreshadowing constantly ruined my reading experience. It made the characters seem extremely stupid - half the time I was like, the author's cramming information and hints down your throats and you're still completely clueless? Jeez. Also, if I recall correctly, Zoey used to call Aphrodite & CO sluts in the first novel. In this book, Zoey is involved with no less than THREE guys. At once. Talk about hypocrisy. I'm also not a fan of the writing style. I can't grasp it why an author who's trying to create a tense atmosphere would write something like this: "The sides of the walls looked like they had been gouged out by very drunk Tolkien dwarfs (again, I am aware that I'm a dork)." Why?! And I still can't get over the fact that Zoey Redbird's f-ing one hundred per cent perfect. At least the other characters started showing some more personality than just simple stereotypical character traits.
So I am indeed willing to read the next volume, because I simply want to know what'll happen next. ...more
Whereas last book showed us at least some kind of improvement, "Chosen" destroys it completely. This book's a complete bitch fest, it's full of Zoey'sWhereas last book showed us at least some kind of improvement, "Chosen" destroys it completely. This book's a complete bitch fest, it's full of Zoey's irritating whining, arrogance and deceit. In "Betrayed", the readers were introduced to a love... umh... square, in which Zoey was involved with no less than three boyfriends at once. I coped with her complaining of how hard it was, because I hoped that she'd do something about it in this book. Well, the problem did find some kind of solution, but not thanks to Zoey's maturing. Nu uh. The dialogue in the books has so far been more than annoying. All of Zoey's friends repeat the same lines throughout three novels, how cool is that?! The only characters I actually like are Aphrodite and Neferet. They are shown to have some background and motives that improve or deteriorate them and thus make them more interesting than, for example, the Twins. Erin and Shaunee have this far served absolutely no purpose to the plot. They are supposed to be Zoey's best friends (along with Damien), but I couldn't really tell it without Zoey constantly reminding us that they are. Zoey deceives them and lies to them or keeps secrets from them.
But I do have to tell that the actual storyline is kind of engaging, even if it's slow or irritating at times. That's what's kept me reading this far....more