Before reading, I hadn’t heard much about Rising Shadow. But what I had heard was extremely positive and I was so excited to read this book when I go Before reading, I hadn’t heard much about Rising Shadow. But what I had heard was extremely positive and I was so excited to read this book when I got it. I was so surprised by what I found and I am now completely smitten by this world.
Ashlyn was a very dimensional character, as were the rest in this book. I was so happy to see such a diverse cast of characters. Though they were all college students, they were never too adult for younger teens to read, but they were never dumbed down to make them more YA-friendly. I loved Kai and Ashlyn’s relationship, but I was a little disappointed that they never fought or got angry at each other. It just didn’t seem like a realistic relationship.
The writing was a lot better than I expected. I’m not sure why I thought I wasn’t going to like the writing style, but I was definitely wrong. The story, as farfetched as it may seem was totally believable, mainly because of the writing.
The story itself was very interesting. It had that old school superhero feeling, but with a new twist that made it very enjoyable. For some strange reason, and I have no idea why I feel this way, it seemed like something that would come out of the 90’s. Now I was only alive for 4 years of the 90’s but I have seen enough old TV to know the 90’s feeling. And this definitely felt that way. In no way did that take away from me completely enjoying this book.
I definitely recommend you get this book because of it’s strong, believable characters, great romance, awesome writing, and a very interesting series reminiscent of old superhero stories. A great new voice in YA, Jacquelyn Wheeler knows how to create a great book. I can’t wait to continue the story of the Soterians! ...more
Before reading, I had heard both good and bad things about The Knife That Killed Me. And I had absolutely no idea what it was about when I started. BuBefore reading, I had heard both good and bad things about The Knife That Killed Me. And I had absolutely no idea what it was about when I started. But, wow am I glad I got the chance to read it because it was really… indescribable.
With a story unlike any other I have ever read, The Knife That Killed Me introduced me to a whole new world that I have been sheltered from my whole life. Living in a small, country town in the-middle-of-freaking-nowhere, USA, I had no idea things like this actually happened.
The characters were average, nothing really special. But most of them didn’t feel real enough for me to become too emotionally attached to, but some absolutely were. I didn’t really like the protagonist, but feel that nobody else could have done the job of the main character justice, other than Paul. Most of the background characters were good too.
The setting was decent. I liked that it was in the UK, but could it have been more described? Yes. Did it need to be? For the most part, no. You got the idea of the area and that gave you big enough hint to what you would be getting later on.
The writing was my biggest problem with the books. It was so just so choppy. I felt like someone was just chucking short sentences at me as fast as they could. And I really couldn’t stand it. I knew from the beginning that I would not like the writing, but I manned up and dealt with it.
One thing that bothered me was the actual plot. Does this kind of stuff really go on? I have never heard of anything like this before. Sure, there are gangs in inner-cities, but do they really go to these extremes? If you have read the book and have actually heard of this kind of stuff in real life, please let me know.
The Knife That Killed me was an emotional journey about a boy who goes down the wrong path. And keeps going until it is too late. If you need something to make you think, pick up this book. Before it kills you....more