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The Halo Effect by M.J. Rose
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Dec 15, 11

bookshelves: paperback, owned, in-swap
Read from December 08 to 15, 2011, read count: 1

I am conflicted on just how to rate this book. I liked the story just fine, it was engaging and interesting. I liked the main characters, I wanted to know more about them and thought they were constructed really well. But the way the author kept switching from the Dr.'s first person perspective and jumping to some other person every few chapters, and usually waited at least a few paragraphs to tell you who we had switched to, and then jumping right back to Dr Snow with no warning; well it was irritating. I found myself having to spend half my time trying to figure out who was telling me the story at this moment rather than enjoying the story. Then it all reached a heavily predictable conclusion that made Dr Snow seem like an absolute imbecile for not figuring it out. Making your intelligent main character look stupid is a very bad idea. Confusing your readers with who is telling the story is also a very bad idea. Ultimately I just couldn't get into it and just wanted it to be over. As I write this I realize, I don't want to give this the 3 stars I had originally intended because I didn't like it so that was being too generous.

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Reading Progress

12/08/2011 page 30
12/13/2011 page 165
44.0% "So far, passable. She needs to stop changing POV though, just pick one! Switching between first person and third person is confusing and a lazy way out of the challenges caused by first person."
12/14/2011 page 210
55.0% "More jumps in POV, starting to get annoying."
12/15/2011 page 279
74.0% "starting to get tedious guessing which character we're talking to now. male...could be one of 3 or someone new!"
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