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I will preface this with the statement that this is my first review: Not because the book was so well written, not because of who wrote it, but becausI will preface this with the statement that this is my first review: Not because the book was so well written, not because of who wrote it, but because of what I took from it. There also MAY be some slight spoilers. With that said, I begin...
I originally had rated this book with 3 stars and upon further reflection I realized I was rating it purely out of technicalities. I've since then changed my rating to 5 stars.
When I first started reading the book, I was unimpressed with our main character; finding him too easily agreeable to everything happening to him and had hopes that later on in the book this would have some huge meaning for him. But those who say he's boring, I disagree. By the time I finished the book, I realized his disposition was always there so that in the end, he would serve his purpose. The other Gods run around talking about war, survival, sacrifice, etc. and all Shadow has ever wanted was peace and you find he IS Peace. The story takes off with many smaller stories that our main character, Shadow, is brought into and then in the end they are found to all be connected and one.
From reading other reviews, I'm finding that everyone was able to take something different from this book - which is great. I, personally, took from it many ideas and thoughts that would be too much to put down in this tiny box. I also think that, as I said before, each reader will pull something different from it, something personal...which is why, in the end, I changed my rating to 5 stars.
A book that is able to make a reader not only think, but reflect and delve into their own thoughts and beliefs and theories is something I will always commend! Especially if that reader is thinking on new ideas, new thoughts, areas that they've never covered before...a book that makes you think, really THINK...that'll always be worth reading in MY book....more
If I were rating this book on it's idea and plot, it would be a 5. I felt that it just missed the mark, though, when it really comes down to it. OveraIf I were rating this book on it's idea and plot, it would be a 5. I felt that it just missed the mark, though, when it really comes down to it. Overall, I REALLY enjoyed reading this book. I did feel that it could have had more substance, more - please excuse the pun - meat. There were times I felt the author was making a wonderful story, a wonderful statement...and then there were time where I felt the story was cheesy and campy...as if it were trying too hard to pull in the YA audience. The main character, Lisa, and her boyfriend are likable characters. You really get to watch Lisa struggle, grow, and really contemplate her whole being. Her mental journey was very well played. On the other hand, I find Death to be annoying. He's not the Death I expect to see or even WANT to see, for that matter. He shows up looking, singing, and playing like Kurt Cobain and just being so...nice...throughout the book...I don't buy it. I understood his attitude in the beginning and the end...but where's the fear! In the book, she states more than once that she is terrified...why?? Nothing about him exuded fear. There's one scene in particular where I felt that the author was so on point that I really felt myself a part of the story, looking in on something actually happening. It's a scene showing a girl going through her bulimic ritual...very real. But, after reading the authors notes, I found that she too battled bulimia, which explains why this is the most compelling scene in the book; it's what she was most passionate about. The book is under 200 pages and I was able to read it in just a few hours. All in all, I would recommend this book, it's a quick read, it's interesting, and Lisa's journey is what really pulls you in. ...more