The reveal? Confusing and kind-of not great. MAJOR MAJOR SPOILER(view spoiler)[The 'harvesters' were gHonestly, the first 3/4 of this book was GREAT.
The reveal? Confusing and kind-of not great. MAJOR MAJOR SPOILER(view spoiler)[The 'harvesters' were grabbing people to take back to the parents? Really? This is the point of the spheres? The spheres give a person powers, and then those people get only eaten by certain harvesters?
The reveal seemed to me to be almost like a writing exercise gone bad. You know, where one person writes one or two paragraphs, and then it's passed to the person next to them, and then they add their portion of the story. Etc. It did not flow, it did not seem plausible, it totally negated all the potential awesomeness that the first part set up. (hide spoiler)]
End rant. Sorry. I liked most of the book, just not this one part of it. I'm glad it does NOT have a sequel, as there is no reason to.
But, on the plus side, I may have found a new author that I will actively seek to read all his works! Sometimes, a story hits you just right, and sometimes it's a miss. It's just how it is. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Maybe I'm less enthusiastic about this book than other readers because I did listen to it, which can give booksA solid 3.
Possible spoilers, beware.
Maybe I'm less enthusiastic about this book than other readers because I did listen to it, which can give books a disjointed feel.
I think it was charming and a good story, but it just fell a little short for me. Like, it needed just a little bit more magic or a little bit more emotion. Finn, while he did have his 'special' quality, seemed too normal or not as 'spacey' than was suggested.
Was this worthy of the Prinz award this year? Well, I'm no judge, especially since I read very few YA books last year. But the author gets points for creativity and beautiful prose....more
Solid 3.5 because I like the series and I like characters.
Was sad to see this book was maybe self-published or something. Something just seemed 'off'Solid 3.5 because I like the series and I like characters.
Was sad to see this book was maybe self-published or something. Something just seemed 'off' with it. Two glaring typos, which I don't judge of course.... But I don't get why this book didn't seem as 'pro' as the other two. Totally imho.
I also feel like this series would have done better if it had been rearranged into two solid books instead of three. I know, I know. #1 was probably written without knowing if 2&3 would be made. How "if I stay" was a complete story arc in 2 rather than 3.
Nit picky! I know! But I love Gray and Dylan. I love the happy sappy ending! I will read more of KK's books. ...more
This book shouldn't have happened. I didn't like the Host, but I do know that of all the things she could have spent her time doing, writing a sequelThis book shouldn't have happened. I didn't like the Host, but I do know that of all the things she could have spent her time doing, writing a sequel to a book that her fans are *desperate* for would have been a better use of time.
This just didn't work for me. Edythe (wtf spelling?) isn't a strong character, and Beau (seriously...Beaufort?) having the internal monologue of a slug doesn't make for interesting reading. What the heck is up with all the crazy and Speshul Names and Quirky Spellings? It's DISTRACTING, not creative.
People don't hiss, breath or moan *nearly* as much as you would be led to believe. I tried hissing a sentence right now. I sounded like I was speaking Parseltongue. Also, because I have dimples, I tried to 'dimple', just like Edythe did SO MANY times. Also, people smell 'human'. SM doesn't explain what that means, but I'll just take her word for it.
Describing in excruciating detail every single facial expression, angle of a face towards another face as they speak, breathe or hiss at each other is also tedious. This isn't storytelling. This is bad writing.
I am not normally so judgmental or bitchy about writing and books. I actually liked the original series because it entertained me. This book added zero to the saga, and may have actually set back vampire/human relations for years to come.
One last dig: All the genders were swapped.....except Charlie and Renee? ......WHHHHYYYYY? It seems like a glaring oversight. Enough of the story was changed to accommodate changing the genders of everyone else. I would have no problem with a female Chief of Police, or a flighty absent-minded dad. She could have given them Super-Speshul Spellyings like "Charleyene" and "Rhenaldo".
sorry. I didn't like this retelling at all. ...more
I'm trying my best to 'expand' my horizons and read new and 'different' things. I'm an adult! I should read more adult fiction, right?
Randomly foundI'm trying my best to 'expand' my horizons and read new and 'different' things. I'm an adult! I should read more adult fiction, right?
Randomly found at work, not a bad story... But suffers the same problem that I found in Guardian of the Dead. He unleashes the Holy Kraken of Chakras, Batman! It's just, overwhelming sometimes. Just thrown in there with no lead up, no explanation.
This book is not bad, it's just not my cup of tea, so it would be unfair to rate it low. But it's a dnf for me. ...more
A great book to introduce to kids the idea of being an introvert, and that it isn't a bad thing. Hermit crab just wants to do his thing on the peripheA great book to introduce to kids the idea of being an introvert, and that it isn't a bad thing. Hermit crab just wants to do his thing on the periphery...and that's ok. ...more
My first David Mitchell book, but won't be the last. I love his writing style and charactersfirst 2/3 = 4.5 stars last 1/3 = 2 stars
Spoilers, sort of.
My first David Mitchell book, but won't be the last. I love his writing style and characters.
The story builds and weaves, it twists and turns a bit. People come and go ... and honestly, some of them who were given a very big share of the book make almost no impact on the story as a whole. Maybe I just don't get 'grown-up' books. I'm phasing out YA books, which literally hit you over the head with what is going on.
I also like the slippery nature of some of the characters. Are they good behaving badly, or bad doing a few good deeds?
In the end though, I though there was a huge disconnect with how the book ended, and how the story built up to the point after the 'Golden Apple Incident'.
People whinge and complain when a book is predictable...and we also whinge when it's completely off course from where you feel the book should have gone. I felt the book not only took a complete left turn, it took off on a rocket to another world and left the original story far behind. Maybe David Mitchell will take that as a compliment. I certainly don't mean it as an insult.
Overall, I'm hooked on DM and will be reading all his other highly acclaimed works. ...more