This started out deliciously creepy. It was different and fun.
But then it just continued on, not having anything new to add. Like a great idea with noThis started out deliciously creepy. It was different and fun.
But then it just continued on, not having anything new to add. Like a great idea with nowhere to go. I got bored with the repetition, and it also reached a point where instead of deliciously creepy, it was abnormally... gross, I guess. It made me feel icky and frankly brought a dark spirit to my home.
I flipped ahead a little bit and unintentionally spoiled the ending for myself, so I see no real reason to continue. DNF at around 50-ish%....more
The message I came away with from this book is one that I've been slowly chipping away at my whole life, I think. I think it all ties in with a tattooThe message I came away with from this book is one that I've been slowly chipping away at my whole life, I think. I think it all ties in with a tattoo that I have yet to get but have been thinking about forever, and that is "While there is life, there is hope." I have struggled with depression my whole life and one thing I've learned is that there is always more to life, to everything, than what you can see in that moment. When you're depressed, it's impossible to see anything beyond your own misery. But I've learned to cling to that logic, however impossible it seems in that moment, that what I'm experiencing isn't everything. No matter what, there is still something to live for. That is what Seth learns in this book. I really loved the way the author mirrored this theme by constantly having Seth in situations where he literally couldn't see more than a few feet ahead of him (or sometimes at all) but he had to keep moving forward anyway. There was always darkness before a big discovery.
I love the message.
I love the way this book kept me guessing, constantly. I couldn't put it down.
I loved the writing - I have been so burned by self-indulgent authors lately, it was so refreshing to read a sparsely written book that didn't get bogged down by its own wordiness. The story and the message got to shine because the words didn't get in the way. Very much appreciated.
I didn't love everything, though. I found a couple of the characters (view spoiler)[ especially Regine, and to a lesser extent Tomasz (hide spoiler)] very irritating, and a lot of the dialogue involving those characters had me rolling my eyes. I think they were supposed to be funny but those were the moments that reminded me I was reading YA.
And I hated (view spoiler)[the Driver. What the F was up with the Driver? Every time they heard that stupid engine, I was like "Oh great, this again." Every time, it was just a pointless action scene that was getting between me and all the good stuff. I don't even know what the point of him was. But then again, neither did Seth and maybe that is is the point. Mind blown. (hide spoiler)]
I think everyone in the world should read this book. Not only is it engaging, relatable and HEARTBREAKING, it has some really great, and well-expresseI think everyone in the world should read this book. Not only is it engaging, relatable and HEARTBREAKING, it has some really great, and well-expressed, messages about a lot of things. Especially, every girl and woman needs to read this book. Loved it....more
9/13/15 - Standard mystery. Occupied me for awhile. Did not blow my mind.
9/14/15 - Updated, more in depth review in three bullet points:
1. The mystery9/13/15 - Standard mystery. Occupied me for awhile. Did not blow my mind.
9/14/15 - Updated, more in depth review in three bullet points:
1. The mystery itself was like a really long episode of Law & Order SVU, if it was British and set in the '80s. This is neither good nor bad. I like to watch SVU sometimes.
2. I really liked the character of Barbara Havers and if I read any more in this series it will be because of her. She had moments of complete insanity, but those moments notwithstanding I actually related to her and I'm curious to see where George takes (took) her story.
3. Other than Barbara, I did not like the way this author wrote women. I had a hard time believing this book was written by a woman. Throughout the whole book, the value of women was only in their physical appearance. There was a lot of fat shaming and some slut shaming as well. I am not a fan....more
I will only attempt to review this as a service to my future self, who inevitably 2-3 years down the road will look at my review and if there3.5 stars
I will only attempt to review this as a service to my future self, who inevitably 2-3 years down the road will look at my review and if there's nothing here, will be especially irritated.
Unfortunately I struggle to articulate my thoughts on this book.
Characters: Great Writing: Great Premise: Great Execution: Great Overall impression: Eh.
I'm not sure if it's possible for a book to be less than the sum of its parts, but if so, this qualifies. I honestly couldn't pin point any one thing about it that I didn't like, other than maybe the length. Everything about it was really good, but the book as a whole left me somewhat underwhelmed. I'd say it's pleasant but not captivating....more
I really liked this book. I read that the movie rights had been sold and I was like, "No!!" - this should not be a movie, it needsI finally finished!
I really liked this book. I read that the movie rights had been sold and I was like, "No!!" - this should not be a movie, it needs to be a TV series.
My only real complaint is that it's not very tight, and the end just seemed like the author just picked an arbitrary spot and said "End of book one." There really was no conclusion to the story. Usually, even if in an on-going series, even if a book ends on a cliffhanger, there's some resolution to that book's arc. Some feeling of completion. But none of that here.
I'm trying to decide if I move immediately to book two or if I read a palate cleanser first....more
OMFG. Well, I'm impressed because the twist ending actually surprised me.
It's hard to say I "liked" a book this twisted, creepy, wrong... but it certaOMFG. Well, I'm impressed because the twist ending actually surprised me.
It's hard to say I "liked" a book this twisted, creepy, wrong... but it certainly was compelling. In a really depressing way. All of the characters in this book are completely f'd up and if I had to believe the world is really like that, I wouldn't want to live in it anymore.
This book, like Gone Girl, had a lot to say about gender - gender roles, gender expectations, gender socialization. In fact, aside from serial murder, that's realy all this book was about. It makes me curious about Flynn's other book. I'm sure I'll pick it up soon.
The character of Camille: you have never read a main character like Camille before. I really appreciated how well drawn she was, and I loved how unique. But I can't say I loved her, although I occasionally related. Camille is not your strong, tough heroine. She's not great at her job, she's not independent, she's not brilliant and snarky with a take-no-prisoners attitude. She's weak, and she wants people to like her. She's easily manipulated, and just kind of floats along being pushed here and there by the circumstances and people in her life. It's nice to read about a different kind of heroine.
There is something of a token romance in this story that is totally twisted aroudn and turned on its ear, which was awesome.
There were a lot of issues with this book as far as continuity, and especially plausibility, at least in my opinion. Nothing glaring, but it was flawed. I think greater attention could have been paid to certain details, but the overall skill of tone and character were very well done.
It was time to call it. This book is just boring. I usually love Barbara Kingsolver, and she's still a fantastic writer. I seethe with jealousy everyIt was time to call it. This book is just boring. I usually love Barbara Kingsolver, and she's still a fantastic writer. I seethe with jealousy every time I read her stuff. But this story was just not engaging. I have way too big of a TBR to waste any more time on this....more
This was tough to rate because I couldn't decide what criteria to use. My theory is that your enjoyment of this book will be directly proportional toThis was tough to rate because I couldn't decide what criteria to use. My theory is that your enjoyment of this book will be directly proportional to how much you love Johnny Weir. It's not, like, some life changing piece of literature, obviously.
I happen to love Johnny Weir, so this was a very easy book for me to read and enjoy. This book will give you insight into how hard he worked for what he has achieved in his career. The boy is certainly not without his faults; he can be very immature and sometimes acts like a petulant child, and sometimes his ego seems to know no bounds. But at the same time, he is the ultimate role model - someone who is who he is without apology. He is not trying to fit into anyone's notion of what he should be - not the skating federation, not the media, not the gay community. Yes, he is trying to be outrageous, but at the same time he's still being 100% himself. Which is why I don't think calling him the Lady Gaga of figure skating is accurate, because I don't think Lady Gaga is being herself, i think she's playing an elaborate game with the media.
But that's neither here nor there. Basically, there's nothing all that earth shattering about this book. If you like Johnny Weir, you'll like the book. If you don't, you won't. My 3 stars is based on the fact that while I enjoyed it, I just really don't feel like I can give it more than that because it is so lacking in substance.
So yeah. I'm not sure any of that made any sense, but I love you Johnny!...more
I got close to finishing but reached a point where I'm pretty sure I knew how it was going to end and I had very little interest in actually reading iI got close to finishing but reached a point where I'm pretty sure I knew how it was going to end and I had very little interest in actually reading it. It's a decent book, although parts of it drag on and are unnecessarily wordy. ...more