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Crossing Over by Anna Kendall
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Jun 08, 2011

it was ok
Read from June 20 to July 06, 2011

Two Stars...only because I'm in a good mood from finally finishing this book,otherwise it would be only one.

If you're like me then you probably picked up this book because of its unique cover, which i will openly admit is still one of my favorites on my book shelf, and 'The Land of the Dead' just seemed too spooky and cool to pass up. Wrong. I was most excited to read Kendall's idea of 'the land beyond' only to discover that it was the most boring and depressing version of heaven/hell/limbo/whatever I have ever encountered. BORING SPOILER ALERT: the dead just sit there staring at flowers....the whole time.

A bad ass after life filled with zombies, ghosts, and some kind of super old dead samurai that helps our even more bad ass protagonist is not the only thing this book lacked. I honestly believe that if I asked Mrs. Kendall if she knew what character development was she wouldn't be able to answer. I felt no emotional connection to any of the characters, especially Roger. Well that's a lie, the only person I felt had an actual personality was the evil Queen. At least in her wicked actions there was an almost human reasoning behind them.

To be honest, I think I hated the main character the most. Roger was the most weak, emotionally unstable, and pathetic fictional character I have come across yet. I mean he was only fourteen but still, most girl heroins I have read about have bigger cahones than this kid and are not nearly as sensitive. If he wasn't crying (literally "sobbing") his "member was stiffening." That phrase showed up an uncomfortable amount of times throughout the book, even more so awkward because he was only fourteen. At one point I became a little paranoid and started looking over my shoulder to make sure nobody was reading and thinking i was reading a biography about "crossing over" into manhood and child pornography or something. At one point his member acted on its own accord simply by looking at a girl whom he falls in love with...don't get excited, she is a complete twit. I didn't understand the romance from the very second she was introduced to the book. The first thing that she uttered made me instantly hate her...I kept trying to see what point Kendall was trying to make with having Roger fall for a character like her but I guess you'd have to stoop to her level of thinking and I was not going to let myself slip into that oblivion.

Anna Kendall: if you ever read this, that sounded personal, but I can assure you it's not. I just hate your writing and this book.

Before I wrap this up I'd like to say thank you to Kendall for rushing the ending and making it as utterly non-entertaining and forgettable as the rest of the book. This way I didn't have to dwell any longer inside these excruciatingly long, small font-ed pages. I felt it left too many loose ends and this is the first time I am actually 100% fine with it.

I think that just about covers it. Don't read this book.

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