Having never actually read this before, my only preconceived understanding of the story came from the Disney cartoon and the Johnny Depp/Christina Ric...moreHaving never actually read this before, my only preconceived understanding of the story came from the Disney cartoon and the Johnny Depp/Christina Ricci movie that came out several years ago. That said, I was a little confused to discover that the main body of the story is simply character description. It's a rather short story to begin with, so when a good 70% of the story is spent developing the character of Ichabod Crane, I had to wonder if anything was actually going to happen. The main "action" of the story happens so quickly and briefly, that I was left feeling a bit unsatisfied. While well-done, I wanted a bit more.(less)
Unfortunately, I'm getting the feeling that this series has taken a turn downhill for me. The first one was great. The whole psychometry theme is uniq...moreUnfortunately, I'm getting the feeling that this series has taken a turn downhill for me. The first one was great. The whole psychometry theme is unique, and I appreciate that for what it is.
Can that drama really happen to the same girl that many times? What's wrong with this town that people keep getting kidnapped and almost killed in each story? And the strange thing? It's always the same thing! Someone gets kidnapped or abducted. Sure, the details change, but it's the same basic story.
The characters bugged me, too. There's nothing about Camelia that really makes me want to like her all that much. Ben is frustrating because he's so closed off, and there wasn't enough of him in this story to make me really care if he ever DOES come around. Adam is a decent guy, but again, he's just okay.
It's not very realistic. So, I've already mentioned that everyone in this town gets kidnapped or stalked or attacked, but that's not all that's unbelievable. Everything just seems a little to easy for Camelia. She finds the house a little too easily. People accept her abilities a little too easily. Even the fight scene is unbelievable. And how does the father NOT know or care about what's going on under his roof? CREEPY! I also don't understand the bullying. Why are they taking out their prejudices against someone barely even related to the issue? It felt like a cheap trick to try and throw the reader off the trail, but it really just got annoying. The "there are two" comment kind of trashed that whole attempt. It was a little predictable.
There were also a few scenes that were just unnecessary and did nothing to progress the plot. 1) The sketch class. Seriously? What was the point? Other than to have a cute/awkward/uncomfortable way to reintroduce Adam to the story? I could think of better ways. 2) The labyrinth scene. Other than providing the setting for an impromptu confusing make-out session, I didn't really see that much of a point to it. 3) The whole locker room/glass/Candies scene. Again, was this just an attempt to throw the reader off the trail? It had nothing to do with anything!
I'm confused as to where to go from here. I've already invested the time and money into purchasing and reading all the other books in the series, but I really can't see that I'm invested in the story enough to continue with the series. (less)