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Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland
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May 13, 2011

it was ok
Read in May, 2011

You know, it just feels like Rowland slacked off on this one. The murder-mystery bit's well sketched out, and I guess the demony bits are still fine, but what rubbed me the wrong way here was characterization.

A lot of the characters turn into two-dimensional plot points. Their behaviours and moods don't seem particularly organic, and sometimes their dialogue looks like this:

Guy: "[Pop culture reference that will be outdated in far less than a decade]"
Girl: internal thought about boys worthy of "Sweet Valley High
Other guy: [Mysterious shifty look]

Have you ever seen a play put on by seventh graders, where they've just learned about blocking? It goes like this:

[CLOMP CLOMP CLOMP to downstage left] "The name of our town's Grover's Corners, New Hampshire." [CLOMP CLOMP CLOMP to center stage] "Just over the line from Massachusetts." [CLOMP CLOMP CLOMP...]

That's what happens for a lot of this book. So between the awkward stage-management and the out-of-the-blue pop culture references (which were NOT character traits in the first book), this just felt off. Really off. It's certainly put me off reading the third, as I suspect the relationship stuff will just get more high school, and people won't ask the questions they should be asking because it's inconvenient for the plot, and I will throw my Kindle in disgust. And I don't want to do that. I like my Kindle.
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