This book definitely needed another round or two of editing before it was published, especially in the second half. There were so many grammatical misThis book definitely needed another round or two of editing before it was published, especially in the second half. There were so many grammatical mistakes that it became distracting at times.
However, I liked it enough because it's rare to find books about people wanting to workout to better themselves even if it was unrealistic at times....more
This book had so much potential in becoming something great. It could have been about coming to terms with death or an action-packed thriller about DeThis book had so much potential in becoming something great. It could have been about coming to terms with death or an action-packed thriller about Death coming after her. Hell, it could have been about bullying since it was also in the book.
Instead, it's about a girl who's so insanely in love with a guy who doesn't even know that she exists, her best friend who thinks the world of her, and Death that has become interested in her again, which leads to all sorts of weirdness.
I didn't like Abbey that much in the beginning, especially because she was always fantasizing about Nate, her crush. I can only hope that she was like this as a source of escapism, using him as a distraction because of her being bullied at school for being the daughter of a mortician. But then her denial and inability to question things that seemed too good to be true also got on my nerves.
I wished that her best friend, Tanner, had been given more of the limelight since he was pretty awesome. Having to be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life and giving up completely on sports because of an accident, he became even more amazing as you got to know more about him and learned about how he came to terms with his disability.
Death was also an interesting character. You eventually learn about why he acted the way that he did, and you can sympathize with his reasoning. But still, he wasn't supposed to do that...
And the whole bullying part of the book; what was the point? It was brought up in the beginning and then never mentioned again until towards the end, like an afterthought. Was it supposed to make Abbey a more sympathetic character? Because it really didn't, especially with the way it was resolved; she didn't learn anything from it. There was no life-lesson, no moral story, no reason to be included in the book. ...more
I'm usually all for mysteries slowly unraveling as a story progresses, but this book was pretty much ridiculous when it came to that. I was halfway thI'm usually all for mysteries slowly unraveling as a story progresses, but this book was pretty much ridiculous when it came to that. I was halfway through the book and still had no clue what was going on. Every time someone or something was going to explain what was going on, something else had to occur to interrupt the explanation, and I was right back at square one. It was only near the last third of the book that anything important really happened, and of course, nothing was completely explained at the end; there always has to be a cliffhanger to entice the reader to get the next book.
And Juniper/Kayla was hard to empathize with. She was basically emotionless. Well, other than being confused, she really didn't show any other emotions, which took me a long time to get used to. She might be like this for a reason, but the fact that she showed no character growth by the end of the book really frustrated me. I felt like I got no where in the book.
The plot was interesting enough though. The theories for the Highers and vampires was pretty cool, and I would love to see more of Monarch's story, but I doubt that'll be revealed until much later. The writing wasn't bad, although I noticed a couple of typos throughout the book that was a little distracting.
Something else distracting was that the cover lied. She did not use a sword AT ALL in the book. I was quite disappointed about this. (Swordfighting is freakin' awesome.)
Dunno if I want to read the sequel. Someone's going to have to convince me to. ...more