My Edition is Prettier Thanks to Online Books Outlet and a Review! So the amazing part about having read this book has nothing to do with the book itMy Edition is Prettier Thanks to Online Books Outlet and a Review! So the amazing part about having read this book has nothing to do with the book itself. It was a personal achievement of finishing a 500-page long book in a day like I used to in the good old days. I thought I had lost that talent but it was just me being over-dramatic In short:
About the Book:
I liked it! It took me by surprise. Granted, I was sitting and waiting to get my documents attested by HEC at that moment and anything, even a Chinese food menu would have sounded good. (For those of you who do not how agonizing and aggravating this visit can be, it is akin to a day wasted at the DMV or so it seems on tv).
The book may have been written for a YA audience in mind but it kept me entertained even when I returned home (unsuccessful, I'd like to mention).
I really dug the level of violence that was included in the book because it only reinforced the idea that Stoker tried to get across to his readers. Vampires are unnatural and completely other-than-human.
The author went the extra mile when they included how the majority of the bloodsucking population was kept docile by pumping them full of drugs. The practicality of the situation hits home when we discover that the source of that drug is a vamp who gets all his supply from the very organization that is supposed to be hunting him and his kind!
Another part that I really loved was how natural it felt that the original vampire hunters would be the foundation of a vampire hunting organization. They had promised to stay vigilant, after all. Only now they could do it with the government's resources on their side.
Now for the nitpicking
The inner monologues of all the characters sounded quite similar, which took away from how much I had been enjoying the book. Maybe the author could have just shown us the actions when it came to the others and only left the monologues for the MC?
I found the inclusion of some parts to be unnecessary. This includes the appearance of the werewolves. Why throw a couple of werewolves in a story that was completely about vampires? Why do it close to the end as an afterthought or a gimmick?
The biggest issue of them all was why were the vampire generals after Jamie in the first place. Just as in those cartoons where a villain wants to destroy the world, there was no clue behind their leechy motivations.
A minor turn off happened as I read the vampire ball scene. It was too reminiscent of the one from the movie, Van Helsing, and completely unsurprising.A fun book that tries to stay true to the work that it is inspired by. Give this one a try! I can't really end this review without mentioning the best vampire series that I have read, can I? Read this one if you don't read any other vampire books ever.
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**spoiler alert** One of the complaints that I had after reading the first book:
Insufficient dino-action. Yeah, that complaint wasn’t remotely true fo**spoiler alert** One of the complaints that I had after reading the first book:
Insufficient dino-action. Yeah, that complaint wasn’t remotely true for this one. Epic dino-battles shook the world like literally!
A quote that stayed with me:
Through the trees on the far heights emerged a colossal silvery-grey shape. Even the Companions gaped: it was a Tirán Rey, a bull Tyrannosaurus rex, most feared of all Aphrodite Terra’s dinosaurs. Even at this range Jaume could see the monster dwarfed Falk’s albino adolescent Snowflake. “Beautiful,” murmured Rupp. “He must weigh seven tonnes!” Jaume found a smile inside himself. “You shame us, my friend, finding Beauty where even we find only terror.”
The other complaints, such as the princess being a pain in the butt, remained as they were. In fact, she was even more of a pain in this one. She is improving but her getting her friends killed in every scene can get tiresome!
We finally get to see the Grey Angels in action and it is pretty much horrifying what they can do. I loved every bit of it!
I wanted to rush in to read the next book in the series immediately but found out that the author recently passed away. Sad sad news but it made me want to save the last book to read later. Because there will be no more Game of Thrones and Jurassic Park hybrids for us!
**spoiler alert** Read my review of the first book here. It’s clear that the first book made an impression. The second one was okay. One of the things**spoiler alert** Read my review of the first book here. It’s clear that the first book made an impression. The second one was okay. One of the things that I liked about the main character was how he behaved towards the inevitable ending of the world. Since he had no control over that, he focused on a task that was manageable…mostly. He continued solving his case. The repercussions of there being no law were described well too. People losing their shit and going “bucket list” was another thing that made the story more real to me.
What I didn’t much like that every time the protag needed saving or something, it appeared magically. Like sisters arriving in helicopters to take him to the hospital, former cop rescuing him in the nick of time, and an internet connection when he needed to search for a guy.
**spoiler alert** A simple murder mystery of a book that I enjoyed reading. It described the heartbreaking poverty and widening chasm of class distinc**spoiler alert** A simple murder mystery of a book that I enjoyed reading. It described the heartbreaking poverty and widening chasm of class distinction in Accra beautifully. Here are some things that stayed with me:
The mention of Ananse or Anansi took me back to American God’s Anansi. What an entrance, eh? I also found this cool sketch of the deity:
A surprisingly unsurpising omission from the western history books:
A unique way of reporting murder:
The country’s reputed emergency numbers 1-91- and 1-9-2 could be so unreliable that it was sometimes more effective to call a radio station, which would then broadcast the emergency in the hope that the appropriate personnel were listening.