I don't love this book as much as the other books (both the Fallen Star series & the Lost Soul). This book felt too rushed and the ending...it just...moreI don't love this book as much as the other books (both the Fallen Star series & the Lost Soul). This book felt too rushed and the ending...it just seemed to be an easy and quick way to fix everything.
To be honest, I kind of wished that I didn't read the spin-off series. I really really liked the Fallen Star series, but that series did actually have a nice ending to it. I should've stopped there instead of reading this, since everything gets even more messed up in this series.
I'm not saying that this series is bad (I still liked it) but I just believe that everything got screwed up...
The major problem that I had with the previous book was the fact that the narrator had a "Teenager voice". A voice that is con...moreActual Rating: 2.5 Stars
The major problem that I had with the previous book was the fact that the narrator had a "Teenager voice". A voice that is constantly spouting out movie references, texting acronyms, and going off into tangents. I understand that some teenagers do talk like this, but it is very annoying. I completely forgot about that when I picked up this book. While we do get a different narrator, we still have this voice. But eventually the voice does seem to disappear, which make me enjoy the story more.
Other then the voice, I didn't really have a problem. Sure, the story was predictable, but overall, this was a cute, quick, and entertaining vampire book.(less)
The was a really fast, entertaining, and cute read. I actually didn't have much of a problem with it. But Sunny's voice...moreActual Rating: Around 2.5 stars
The was a really fast, entertaining, and cute read. I actually didn't have much of a problem with it. But Sunny's voice was just... annoying. Sunny has what can be considered the stereotypical teenage voice. Texting acronyms, pop culture references, and joke attempts are all involved of Sunny's parts of speech. The characters weren't very enjoyable, but , as I said, it's a quick read. (less)
THE RUN-DOWN After a strange incident ending with her in the hospital, completely fine, Victo...moreThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
THE RUN-DOWN After a strange incident ending with her in the hospital, completely fine, Victoria is more aware of her different-ness. On her seventeenth birthday, with the gift of a music box, an amulet, and a strange journal, Victoria founds out that she is actually a witch. But not just any witch, one with immense power and dark, uncontrollable blood.
MY THOUGHTS In the beginning, the only major problem that I had was the fact that this book was basically a generic YA paranormal plot.
Is the main character actually a *insert paranormal being here*? Yes Did they find this out on their birthday? Yes Is the main character an orphan/has a single parent? Yes Does the main character ever move to a new school/town? Yes Does she met an irresistible hot guy? Yes Is he a *insert paranormal being here*? Yes
All of the above are plot pieces that I see all the frexing time in YA books, especially paranormal ones. In fact, the only plot piece that is not in this book but is so popular in YA is the love triangle, and even that is questionable.
I actually didn't hate that it was such a generic plot, I didn't like it, but for awhile I might have given this book 2 stars or even 3 stars at most. But there had to be other aspects that irritated me.
Where can I start? One thing that bothered me was the fact that this book was all tell not show for the first half of the book. Examples: We are told that Victoria is being trained on how to be a witch, but we only see this happen once. We are told that Victoria and Christian are having a relationship with each other in secret, but we never actually see them having any secret dates. We are actually shown more things closer to the end, but by then, I had completely lost interest. The points of view were also hard to follow. The book has a third person point of view and, at the beginning, the thoughts of characters switched every so often in an organized manner. But as more characters were introduced, the thoughts of characters was completely random. In one paragraph we would get Victoria's thoughts, the next paragraph would have Christian's thoughts, then the evil guy, etc. And it was confusing! Lastly, was Victoria and Christian's relationship. This one really made me lose interest in the book and it also made me extremely annoyed. Here's a summary of their relationship: You're amazing, I really want to be with you! But the rules! We cannot be together! But I cannot deny the attraction! But I am dangerous and may possibly kill you because I'm a vampire! But we belong together! But I am also dangerous and may possibly kill you with my super witch powers! But I cannot live without you!
So, yeah, I couldn't stand their stupid angsty relationship. It also wasn't helpful that a majority of the plot was basically them not making up their stupid minds!
IN CONCLUSION As it might be obvious, I was not a fan of this book. It might actually be my fault since I usually try my best to avoid these kind of books. I could also blame myself for not giving up on this book and DNF it. But no, I failed at both. I probably won't read anything else from this author. I read Waterfell and while I liked it more than this book, I still wasn't a big fan of it. I might read The Almost Girl, since it is sci-fi which is more of my thing, but I make no promises.
While I wouldn't recommend this book, I wouldn't completely discourage it. If you're a fan of generic YA paranormal books, then you might like this. But if you're like me and would like more original and different books, then pass this book by.(less)