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The writer had an interesting and attention grabbing style. The plot**spoiler alert** You can read other people's reviews for a summary of the novel.
The writer had an interesting and attention grabbing style. The plot and build-up were exciting, although I wish he would have explained more why Jude wanted to run away from his past so desperately and completely. I guess it is answered later on in the book...but it could have been more in depth.
The reveal of the murderer was good, although he barely spends a page on it and just barely touches on the motivation of the killer. I thought that could have been developed more.
Overall, a good read. I wish I could have saved it for a long plane trip I'm taking. It would have kept me busy for the whole 6 hours!
This book just really seemed to go all over the place, with no real direction.
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I see that he was trying to show a hardened militarThis book just really seemed to go all over the place, with no real direction.
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I see that he was trying to show a hardened military-type guy who had 'broken' and was no longer able to keep up that persona. But all the crying was really annoying. The 'Kahlid' Boneman thing seemed sort-of tacked on, not realistic at all.
Bethany was a spoiled brat, and all Ryan talked about was spoiling her more..giving her anything she wanted.
The serial killer was bland. I also didn't understand why Celine kept saying that Ryan broke her finger, when apparently it was the Boneman, and that was never really discussed after the fact. Ryan was never like, "What are you talking about? I didn't break your finger? Are you insane?" which is the reasonable response. Yes, he did deny time and again that he wasn't the boneman...but still.
Maybe I'm missing something, but the whole Boneman is Bethany's real dad just doesn't add up at all. Major plot holes there... LIke, how would he KNOW where she was 16 years later?? maybe I skipped that paragraph.
Dekker is amazingly popular, and I like that his books are so "Bang, The Story Starts From The Moment You Start Reading."
REAL REVIEW STARTING...now: *** There be spoilers, ye be warned. ***
Most YA paranormal trilogies/sagas/train wrecks follow a simple yet proven formula. Twilight did it. Hush, Hush did it. Fallen did it. Linger did it. Evernight did it. (I'm willing to bet there are tons more on that list, but I'm just SO OVER the mythical creature/Mary Sue romance thing that I don't read these types much anymore...) Even Hunger Games did it too, but I actually liked those books.
I'm talking about The Withhold.
It usually follows this path: They're introduced, fall irrevocably in love against all odds... And then for whatever reason, they are torn apart by circumstances in or out of their control. Edward left, Patch became a bigger jerk and ignored Nora, Daniel deserted Luce, Sam had to stay away, Lucas was on the wrong Team, and Peeta is kidnapped.
Not so in Hallowed. I totally expected Clara to be whisked away by the Black Wings and kept prisoner until rescued. I thought maybe Tucker would be the one who was thrust into a cat and mouse thing, danger at every corner ... intrigue, mysterious mysteries that need solving and heroic acts no teenage girl I ever knew would be smart/capable/willing to do.
Uh uh. Nope.
I did expect the love triangle. I really thought it was tastefully done and without all the winky-winks and smirky-smirks.
It was a thoughtful and spiritual book that deserves love in it's own right. Lots of emotion in it. I've read interviews where the author mentions C.S. Lewis quite a bit, so I'm assuming there might be a Christian influence to her writing. I like that, and it's not 'hit you over the head with a purity ring' crazy... but for some of us with the same outlook, it doesn't rub me the wrong way.
There is an abundance of books today that employ the Nephilim theme about angels. It's like there was a writers workshop 5 years ago that announced they were looking for takes on the Nephilim mythology and behold: so it was said so shall it be done ;) ... I like Ms. Hand's take on it, though. It seems well thought out and logical to me.
I also felt she pretty much lays out the whole book in the beginning through not even subtle foreshadowing hints. She just tells you what's going to happen. So, not much unexpected or exciting happens after that.
And Jeffrey ... You just see that he may turn out bad. It wasn't a surprise when he left.
Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely. I think it's a thoughtful, emotionally moving look at love and loss of family and growing up. I would recommend this heartily to most lovers of YA lit, as long as you understand it goes against the grain ... and that's a good thing. I'm looking forward to the next installment, or maybe installments. This is one series I wouldn't begrudge turning into a saga, and not just a trilogy....more
If Becca Fitzpatrick and Lauren Kate didn't read this before they wrote their books and added all the ridiculous and unneeded unrealistic teen romanceIf Becca Fitzpatrick and Lauren Kate didn't read this before they wrote their books and added all the ridiculous and unneeded unrealistic teen romance, I would be shocked. This was published years before either of Fallen and Hush, Hush, and frankly, it is geared towards a different audience.
I liked that there were NOT paragraphs literally describing the shape and leanness of chest muscles. Also appreciated was the lack of smirks, knowing glances, half-smiles, and all that silliness.
This one, while not zip-bang exciting, has a story that I can look forward to without a bunch of lusty teenagers longing for their next angel/wholesome girl make out session. ...more
This movie was SO fraking awesome back when I was a youngster. I'm almost afraid to watch it as an adult as I don't want the magic to wear off. I espeThis movie was SO fraking awesome back when I was a youngster. I'm almost afraid to watch it as an adult as I don't want the magic to wear off. I especially don't want to show my jaded kids, as they'll mock the cheesy f/x like they did when we watched the older 'Clash of the Titans' (another awesome movie, btw. The cheesy f/x for that one just make it even better).
I'm not sure how much of this was in the original idea when the movie came out. It makes sense that it was...but I'm sure it's been expanded upon.
There are very few 'original' ideas anymore. While I like the idea of this and have a sentimental appreciation for the movie, I can definitely see Biblical, LOTR, and SciFi influences. Aughra = Tom Bombadil, for instance. Elves = Gelflings. Not that that takes anything away from this.
The magic is in the execution. Jim Henson was truly a man of vision. Muppet's play acting myth? Awesome.