A few things:
-I know the protagonist is a 14/15 year old male, but the constant references to his erection were jarring and out of place most of the time. One time he referred to it as he was unintentionally feeling up a mentally handicapped woman...very uncomfortable.
-The middle just dragged, but it picked up nicely at the end and was very exciting.
-I didn't buy the romance.
-It feels a lot like an unfinis ...more
First off, the main character was probably one of the stupidest people I've ever read about. He slept every single night with people near him, knowing that he had secrets but still perfectly willing to share them in his sleep-talk. Shouldn't any sane person know better? Especially when the freaking queen is about to murder his ass and LITERALLY threatens to like all the time. Also, Roger is the horniest teenage boy that ha ...more
The story starts by putting its best foot forward as we observe Roger, a slave to his uncle, being forced to cross over to the land of the dead in order to scam mourners out of their money. The author’s idea of this land where the dead exist is not at all what I was expecting and so much the better for it. The way that it’s described, it’s as though the dead are all waiting for something maybe? They sit and stare at nothing; they’re, for the most part, unresponsive ...more
The first clue that Kendall is doing something new and different is the setting. I'm so used to the standard quasi-medieval fantasy world - motto: "all the pageantry, none of the dirt" - that when Kendall includes more believable details like disease and bad food, it's powerful.
The story follows a teenage boy with the ability to "cross over" into the la ...more
May try again at some point but it'll be placed very low on my to read list.
It stayed true to its medieval-esque setting, which I applaud the author for, but as a YA book, I didn't expect it to be quite so detailed or gruesome. The beginning and various parts towards the end made me feel physically ill. It was difficult to read in that respect. If she was going to be this gritty then I feel like she should've gone for an adult fiction book ...more
The male main character was in loved/infatuated to a selfish airhead and sacrificed even the love of a better woman - and the lives of others - just to pleased the airhead.
Worse is that the male main character kiss deeply, NOT just a peck the dead airhead’s body - morbid and so base - I want to get that out as a warning. That is how debased the ma ...more
Roger Kilbourne jest już prawie mężczyzną, jednak, co mu po tym skoro ciągle żyje w strachu przed sw ...more
Not good, but not the worst. The concept - a boy with the ability to cross over to the land of the dead through pain induced sleep - is intriguing; the execution of the concept is lacking. Writing quality goes up and down throughout the entire novel. Going from a solid 4 to trudging along at a 1. This book has the potential to be something great but failed to deliver. It has the land of the Dead, a civil war, and a witch Queen; all of which weren't touched by Anna Kendell. Plus she left loose en...more
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/what ...more
Pourtant ici, j'ai failli abandonner à plusieurs reprises. Un mauvais livre aura au moins le mérite de me faire rire aux larmes mais ici, je me suis incroyablement et profondément ennuyée.
Il ne se passe rien. Les personnages sont creux.
Roger, notre héros, est censé être un enfant battu, mal-nourri, gardé prisonnier à l'arrière d'une charrette. Son oncle violent l'ex ...more
So, Nancy Kress read the first chapter of "Crossing Over" during the reading at Norwest Con and I liked i ...more
"The land of the dead is a dangerous place to be... and so is the land of the living"
Roger Kilbourne can cross over to the land of the dead... he just needs immense pain to do it. Of course inflicting the pain doesn't bother his uncle, Hartah, who takes advantage of Roger's "gift" whenever possible.
So when the promise of a better life comes along, Roger grabs it with both hands and hangs on. Roger's new life at the royal cour ...more
But his life changes when his uncle attempts to rope him into (I don't remember the term for this) amb ...more
The book starts off with with Rodger explaining the first time he ever crossed over to the country of the dead. Which if you di ...more
Sadly it didn't stand up to the hype that I had created for myself, open reading the opening chapters I found myself falling a sleep and that for is a first. I haven't experienced a book up until CROSSING OVER where I had to fight to stay awake just to see if the story line might pick up. It was a tough couple of days.
Anna felt a need to randomly and unnecessarily ...more
I expected the setting to be contemporary, but it's not, it's a fantasy set in a queendom that's embroiled in a civil war between the aging monarch Queen, let's call her Blue, who ref ...more
Through various circumstances Roger escapes and comes to the main capital where the Queen discovers Roger's abilities and wants to use them for her own good.
Although the plot sounds captivating, I was left feeling disappointed. The book is not bad, but it's very uneven - just when it captivates you, ...more
I read it, and after being acquainted to Roger for half a book, I find him really shallow. There's supposedly some romance I guess, but it's mostly between a hormone enraged Roger fantasising about one day being able to be with Lady Cecilia. He had Maggie all the way and he couldn't see it up until the very damn end! Seriously Roger, open your eyes!
But b ...more
Anna Kendall was born in Ireland and emigrated with her parents to the United States at the age of twelve. For several years she taught fourth grade. Anna lives in Seattle, where she plays a lot of chess. Crossing Over is her debut YA novel.