I just don't think this book and I have a connection. Although I liked Tessa and enjoyed the writing style, I was extremely bored for the first 3/4 ofI just don't think this book and I have a connection. Although I liked Tessa and enjoyed the writing style, I was extremely bored for the first 3/4 of the book. There was no sense of danger or intrigue. Nothing much seemed to happen until the end, and then everything happened so fast that it seemed a bit rushed. There was no tension. I was never particularly curious who the killer was. I felt no sense of connection to the victims. I'm not sure what the point was.
Tessa didn't seem to grow much as a character. We're told she was needy and clingy, but she is anything but. She seems quite capable, especially in comparison to Callie. She's a nice girl, someone I wouldn't mind being friends with, but she does lean toward boring. I'm not really sure who she was. As for Callie? I feel nothing for her. Her relationship with Tessa seemed random and while I was hoping for their friendship to deepen, it never really goes past the surface.
The best part about this book is that there is NO romance. Thank you for that.
There was one aspect at the end that surprised me, even though I has guessed part of it. The reveals were done in a way that made them anticlimactic and I found myself not at all caring. I think it's a matter of personal taste rather than quality. The book is well-written, just not my thing. It didn't evoke any emotion in me....more
It was just very anticlimactic. I was very interested at first, but then it started to grow boring. It never really went anywhere and didn't seem to hIt was just very anticlimactic. I was very interested at first, but then it started to grow boring. It never really went anywhere and didn't seem to have much of a point. Wes' behavior made no sense, and Annie's behavior made no sense, and I'm not going to get into the implied reasoning behind their "love" for each other, which I guess was meant to make the two of them likable...which it didn't. Wes is a bit boring for me, and I liked Annie at first, but then I just didn't know what the heck she was doing/why she was doing it. She and Wes have no chemistry. And guys don't *always* have to slap each other on the back in a "manly" way while hugging. Be the exception. Be different.
I read all of this long book and still have no idea who Wes is. What is up with him? I'm not sure I much care about the answer. Also, I got tired of reading "a young male voice" from both Annie and Wes' POVs.
Wes, toward the end of the book...is a mess. One moment he's all distraught and heartbroken, the next he's totally fine and moving on with his life as normal. He and (view spoiler)[Maddie (hide spoiler)] as a couple makes no sense, and I guess I'm supposed to believe in their love for each other because of the aforementioned "implication" that is never outright stated, but I guess we're meant to assume it, and it's supposed to be subtle and mysterious but it's just annoying. Like how I'm writing this review. I'm saying things in a roundabout way that people will probably assume means one thing, but since I'm not actually saying anything, I'm probably REALLY annoying them too. Wes is just really hot and cold, and why the heck (view spoiler)[does Annie smack lips with Wes so much, anyway? Because of the "implication?" Which technically wouldn't explain anything, since she doesn't even know about said implication, and even if she did...hello, her "love" is still right there with her, so WHY would she get all cozy with Wes? Ohhh he's the only one who can really see her...so that means...SMOOCH TIME! (hide spoiler)]... ...more
Normally I like character-driven stories, but the characters have to have enough depth, have to be interesting enough for me to care. Honestly, I feelNormally I like character-driven stories, but the characters have to have enough depth, have to be interesting enough for me to care. Honestly, I feel like nothing at all happens in this book. Despite his being the center of the only real "plot" to be found in this book, Oliver seems very much an outline to me. I was never able to get a grasp on who he is, nor get to know him as a character.
Of course with Emmy as our narrator, she has more depth, and I did enjoy her voice and find her quite funny - but I didn't find her interesting. I just didn't care what was going on, and since this is told in 1st person POV by Emmy, you would expect her to be a bit more involved in the action.
Nothing really happens with Emmy. She has a few fights with her parents and gets into college. That's about it. That's all very nice and all, but boring as heck. I would have found it more interesting to see Oliver adjusting to his new home, to his mom, step-dad, and sisters, but we saw literally none of that at all. Considering the kidnapping is the only interesting part of the story, I'm not sure why it is so glossed over and tucked into a dusty corner in favor of, I don't even know, teenagers sitting around and talking.
Oliver comes back and really only interacts with Emmy. He doesn't actually make any friends, nor does he really become friends with Drew or Caro, who belong to Emmy. It's just so thin. Too many pointless conversations that are supposed to be romantic and too little development of anything else.
Character and dialogue-driven books are only engaging to me if the characters actually have enough depth and are interesting enough to want to unravel. Emmy just...is. She's a nice girl who wants to get away from her parents and go to college. Not exactly ground-breaking originality here. Which would be fine, if the book had an actual plot to pick up the slack, which it really doesn't.
I just didn't feel anything while reading this. I admit, it is not my kind of thing, and I'm sure a lot of people would enjoy this more than me.
That being said, I do think the romance was done very well. Emmy and Oliver's relationship progresses in a nice, slow fashion. They start as friends, then become more, but it never crosses into the annoying territory of OMG I WILL DIE WITHOUT YOU, YOU ARE MY OXYGEN, so I appreciated that. Also, it didn't get corny, with Oliver suddenly spouting flowery words of love and showering Emmy with compliments and pet names. They have a sweet, healthy relationship, and I do sort of like them together, despite my boredom....more
Let's star off with Willa, our main character. She's funny. She made me laugh aloud. Even during the scariest scenes, Willa would make these remarks tLet's star off with Willa, our main character. She's funny. She made me laugh aloud. Even during the scariest scenes, Willa would make these remarks that would have me creepily chuckling to myself. She's not exactly unique when it comes to YA fiction, but her voice stands out from the rest.
The only thing that bothered me about Willa is her need to keep repeating the word "psycho" over and over to describe everything. Would it kill her to use a few different words now and again? The psycho person did this psycho thing in such a psycho way and it was so psycho that that psycho thing happened!
Although I like Wyatt and appreciated the fact that he is not the typical love interest at all--he isn't a bad boy or a golden boy, he isn't charming or smooth-talking or cool in any way, really. I'm telling you, when I found out he'd be a potential love interest, I was SO excited. But in the end, his character fell a bit flat for me, and became nothing but an idealization, a boy created specifically for Willa and Willa alone.
(view spoiler)[At the end when they confess their love for each other, I was mentally gagging. Seriously? When exactly did this come about? Did I miss it? Why was it necessary? We can just assume that they might have something going at some point without them actually going all "I love you" out of the blue when neither of them, especially Willa, had made any such advances before. (hide spoiler)]
I think it's worth mentioning that I've read a lot of mysteries, a lot of paranormal, and a lot of books about killers chasing after heroines, but this is the first time I can ever recall feeling any sense of urgency. I was genuinely creeped out at some points, scared at others, and felt like I was right there with Willa when she was in the most danger. I was on the edge of my seat.
I don't know how she did it, but Katie Alender made a mini miracle - seriously, books don't make me "feel things," but this one made me feel genuine fear along with Willa.
Oh, and having recently moved to the LA area myself, it was even more creepy but kind of in an awesome way.
Also, I like romance if it's done well, but where are my friendships? Why are friend relationships always so throw-away in YA? ...more
This book was tolerable, and I say this as someone who used to love romance but now avoid it like the plague. That doesn't mean it's good. It's all riThis book was tolerable, and I say this as someone who used to love romance but now avoid it like the plague. That doesn't mean it's good. It's all right.
But seriously, let's talk about Ben's dad. No. Just no. I get that the author wanted to make his home life all sad and pitiful so that he could be excused for his womanizing ways, but if you're going to go the sad and pitiful route, you have to follow through and make it believable. And no, I don't mean that Ben (view spoiler)[ not really defending himself against his dad (hide spoiler)] is unbelievable, as others have said, because it can happen and I have no room to judge, but his dad's character was SO FLAT I just can't even...he literally had like 1 line of dialogue, which he repeated in each scene he was in.
Really? Just b/c he's a drunk a-hole does not mean he has to make paper look like a mountain range. I just got really annoyed reading the two or so scenes that involved him (view spoiler)[before he was killed off like the totally disposable and un-thought-out character he was, (hide spoiler)] because I could tell the author didn't bother to think of him as a character and just made him the stereotypical angry drunk. PLEASE tell me I'm not the only one who thought this?
Call me crazy, but I take the time to think about even my a-hole character's backgrounds, personalities, quirks, ANYTHING that makes them more than a stereotype listed on Wikipedia.
I'm not even going to talk about the romance, because 99% of romance stories make me want to claw out my eyeballs, and so I don't know how accurate I would be. I'll just say that it was cute at first, but quickly turned pointlessly over-dramatic and why does high school love always have to be so freaking I-WILL-DIE-WITHOUT-YOU-BEFORE-I-MET-YOU-I-WASN'T-REALLY-LIVING-esque? Give me a break. There's such a thing as dating without all the rip-out-my-soul nonsense. ...more