There are parts of this book I really, really, really liked. Most everything to do with Danny. The general vibe of Danny's story.
There are parts that...moreThere are parts of this book I really, really, really liked. Most everything to do with Danny. The general vibe of Danny's story.
There are parts that I was just so booooored by. The stupid True Knot bullshit. I don't need King books to be scary anymore, but I do need the bad guys to be interesting or thematically relevant. Rose the Hat and co. were neither. I don't know if it was too much time with them or what, but dear god.
Abra was fine, but not enough to carry my interest, and John and Billy were barely developed, so.
Still worth reading, but I just wish it had been 100% Danny, because everything King did thematically with Danny being an adult worked. (Actually, so did Momo. She can stay too.)(less)
I've sat on this for two days and this book still makes me sort of angry? Someone on here said this is a book of parts, which is sort of accurate, but...moreI've sat on this for two days and this book still makes me sort of angry? Someone on here said this is a book of parts, which is sort of accurate, but mostly this started to fall apart for me about 60 or 70% of the way through and it just... yeah.
You'd think Kirby would be right up my alley, but... I don't know. I feel like we heard plenty about her but I still have zero sense of who she is as a character. Dan's another non-entity.
Just frustrating, because I want it to be better. Neat concept, some of the interludes about the other shining girls were GREAT, but overall I just couldn't get into it. And had to force myself through the end.(less)
It's really more like 4.5, but I'm feeling like King just punched me in the gut, so I'll give him the other half as a bonus.
Man. I have one issue with...moreIt's really more like 4.5, but I'm feeling like King just punched me in the gut, so I'll give him the other half as a bonus.
Man. I have one issue with this book, but I don't super want to get into it, since I know the argument will be it's the characters, it's the time period, and I use a certain word that gets dropped in this book A LOT myself, but there's something different about it in the usage here.
Annie, man. That's fine, King, keep writing these women who sort of break my heart every time, THAT'S FINE.
This isn't a helpful review, but know I got super choked up in the last few pages. I should have seen it coming, but I just FORGOT somehow, and then it was so so bad and so so well done.(less)
At first I was a little sad that this was less than 200 pages, but man. It's perfect. It's perfect. Every word has purpose, every description is effic...moreAt first I was a little sad that this was less than 200 pages, but man. It's perfect. It's perfect. Every word has purpose, every description is efficient and effortless. There are many things we take for granted as children, and this book is about all of them.
"Can't drink water from the sea, can you? Too salty. Like drinking life's blood. Do you remember the way? You can get to it around the side of the house. Just follow the path."
Man. MAN. It's one of those stories that will only reward you when you revisit.
**spoiler alert** It's probably closer to 4.5 stars, but I feel OK rounding up for Malindo Lo.
I know someone who reads a bunch of genre...more**spoiler alert** It's probably closer to 4.5 stars, but I feel OK rounding up for Malindo Lo.
I know someone who reads a bunch of genre YA, and she keeps making me read all these books and they all end up sounding exactly the same and being generally terrible. The thing that makes this book stand above all the competition is the WRITING. It's tight, it stays out of the way, and rarely made me pause due to awkwardness that seems to come from writing teenagers. (The only places where I got pulled out of the story were due to acronyms, and some awkward details that I didn't need, such as donut selection.)
Additionally, I know it's a thing to have some sort of romantic triangle happening, but the fact that this is a girl attracted to both a guy and a girl triangle is just really cool. And I can buy Reese/David and I can buy Reese/Amber and neither feels forced or weird, even if sometimes David does seem slightly cardboardy (but I think that's an intentional David character choice, more than a writing problem). I also enjoy how Reese is immediately annoyed by the interaction between David and Amber at the end. Delightful.
The main reason I'd dock it a 1/2 star is because the cliffhanger itself until Book 2 is decent enough, but I read the last few pages a few times and still don't really get the last sentence. If anyone would care to explain it to me, I'd enjoy that.
For the record, on page 28 or 29, when Mr. Chapman gets shot by the carjacker, MAN. Was not expecting that in the slightest. Was super tempted to tweet at Malinda Lo, and just say, Page 28? And then link to a gif from Anchorman saying, Well, that escalated quickly. Good lord. Poor Mr. Chapman.
Basically, I just find myself super depressed that I have to wait a year for the next book, but god bless YA for having good book turn-around times & not being, you know, Game of Thrones like.