I was surprised by this book, since I was expecting a sequel, but this is actually a companio...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
I was surprised by this book, since I was expecting a sequel, but this is actually a companion novella. You can actually read this book without The Island, since they take place at the same time, just different points-of-view. The Waves follows Walt, who we were introduced to in The Island. In this novella we get to see his side of the story as well as what it's like at Hope Harbor. I actually enjoyed this book more than The Island. As the author was not on a word limit, there is more details and world-building in this book! I liked getting some questions answered as well as getting a deeper look into both sides of the island! Overall, this is turning out to be an interesting little dystopian novella series and I am definitely going to look into the next book, The Deep. And as far as recommendations go, I say give this series a try!(less)
THE RUN-DOWN Cassie has the gift of reading people. She can look at a...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars
THE RUN-DOWN Cassie has the gift of reading people. She can look at a person and be able to tell who they are, the kind of life the live, and what they may possibly do next. When she catches the attention of an FBI group, she's asked to join. The group of Naturals, filled with other teenagers with natural gifts similar to Cassie's (one just like hers, another good with emotions, and the last good with statistics and numbers), are meant to solve cold cases. But when a current case, homicides targeting women with red hair and/or "psychic" abilities, may be related to her mother's murder, which was never solved, the situation gets even more serious.
MY THOUGHTS I really enjoyed reading this book, which surprised me since I wasn't actually planning on reading this book in the first place. I was actually invested in the story and breezed quickly through the book. But, I've read books like this before. There are a lot of mystery books that have either the same or very similar story line as The Naturals (the first one that comes to mind is The Body Finder series). And while I did enjoy reading this book, I can't give it a higher rating due to how the plot of the book is so common and the fact that there was a few things that were very predictable. (view spoiler)[ In every single mystery book I've read, involving killers, the killer ALWAYS comes after the main character! Always! Always! Always! So, I predicted that at some point, the killer would go after Cassie in some way, which did happen. This disappointed me since I hate it when books are predictable, but there was some redemption (which I'll talk about later) (hide spoiler)]
I also have to say a few things on the romance. You tried, romance, but you failed. The romance of this book basically an attempt at romance, and you could tell that there was supposed to be romance, but we didn't get any romance. Sure, there was some strange kissing scenes, but there was no hint of any feelings from Cassie for either of the boys (yes, there's two, but I would not consider it a love triangle. Mostly since I don't even consider it as romance.). I also had no idea what the two guys were feeling, so the entire romance was basically a few awkward-ish kisses. That's all. I'm glad that this book did not go the route of plot taking the back seat, while romance takes the front, but I also don't particularly like it when romance is thrown into a book for seemingly no reason. Maybe there's more to it in the next book? I don't know, but it's possible.
I know it seems that I was not a fan of this book, based on the fact that all I'm doing is complaining, but I actually did enjoy reading this book. While the romance was kind of stupid, it was only a very small part of the book. And the fact that the plot of this book is a common one did not mean that I didn't like it. There is a reason as to why I have read enough of these books that I recognize how common the plot is. I mentioned earlier that the book was a bit predictable, and yes, that's true, but only in some ways. As with most mystery books, there is something that is, well, a mystery. In this book the mystery surround the serial killer. I had no idea who the killer was. None. When the killer was revealed I was taken completely by surprise! And I loved this! This was not a case of "oh, the killer is actually this person", but there are absolutely no clues or hints that would lead up to that person. No, there were many hints throughout the book, very subtle ones that are not obvious until you know who the killer is. Looking back, I could the genius in this and, of course, I loved the fact that the book took me by surprise.
IN CONCLUSION This is a very quick read, barely 300 pages, and the story is when that you can quickly breeze through. It's a bit of a common serial killer mystery, which I have seen many times before, but while predictable at times, the book will take you by surprise. The "romance" is kind of unnecessary. In fact, I hesitate to call it a romance. But, all in all. I did like this book. It was very entertaining and I definitely plan on reading the next book in the series!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
MY OPINION The one problem I really have with this book is that it is mis-titled. This book is honestly not only about the Private School Murders. In fa...moreMY OPINION The one problem I really have with this book is that it is mis-titled. This book is honestly not only about the Private School Murders. In fact, this mystery is hardly touched at all throughout the book. There are three or four other things going on throughout the book.
--Tandy's brother is on trial for his girlfriend's murder --Venomous creatures in the Dakota (This was random and kind of pointless. It didn't really lead anywhere) --Tandy looking for James/retrieving memories of James (Tandy kind of annoyed me with this one. She kept going on about true love, love at first sight, blahblahblah)
These three things were also focuses in the book. The annoying thing is that the plot ideas were always switching around. Example: Tandy would be figuring out the private school murders and then realize, Matty is on trial! That should be my priority!. So Tandy drops the private school murder case and comes back to it in,say, a 100 pages.
Yes, the plots were weird (especially the venomous creatures. What was the point of that?!) but I did enjoy following the mysteries. And major points for the fact that I wasn't able to guess the murdering.
IN CONCLUSION The plots were strange and mixed up, yet I still liked following the mysteries. All in all, I am looking forward to the next book.(less)