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The Black by D.J. MacHale
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Mar 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011-release, paranormal, male-pov

D. J. MacHale definitely took a twist to this series. Instead of having the second book continue Marsh's story, we get the same story, but from Cooper's point of view. This could have gone either really wrong or been very cool. Fortunately, it went more towards the cool side.

It was really interesting to hear Cooper's side of the story. It explained things that were left unexplained in The Light. I think, of the two characters, Cooper had the more exciting story. Which is understandable, given that Cooper's story is much more cosmic and large-scale.

During the first book, I didn't get to know Cooper very well, simply because he was, well, dead for most of it. Now that I've gotten to know him more, I definitely like him. He's got a sense of humor, yet he's brave and determined, if a bit foolhardy ( I talking about Cooper Foley or Bobby Pendragon? Or both? What if they're the same? I wouldn't rule it out....).

Between Marsh and Cooper, though, I still prefer Marsh. Probably because more of Marsh's emotions hit home, for me. He's a more relatable character, to me. His personality and mine seem very similar, which I appreciate. I mean, how often do you read about creative-minded logical introverts? Um, almost never.

I like the cosmic turn that this series has taken. It's suddenly gotten much...bigger. I like that. Hopefully MacHale can build it up even more in the final book, and finish it off with a spectacularly epic ending.

I think I might've seen Loor in this book. One of the Watchers, I do believe, was described as an athletic African-American young woman with a long braid. Hm, I wonder who on Earth in Halla that could be... I'm on to you, MacHale!

I did find a typo. Can you find it?

Can't find it? I'll help you out:

I'm going use this as an opportunity to rant about the horrors of apostrophe misuse. Ladies and gentlemen, APOSTROPHES DO NOT MAKE WORDS PLURAL. Don't do this: Kid's don't think. No. It should be: Kids don't think. Did I use an apostrophe in "kids"? No. Every time you make this mistake, you make a puppy cry. So don't do it.

Ahem. Apostrophe rant over. Anyways, I liked this book. It didn't display what I call the Middle of the Trilogy Syndrome, which is good. A strong second trilogy book is a must. Can't wait to read the next one!

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Reading Progress

March 22, 2012 – Shelved
March 22, 2012 – Shelved as: 2011-release
March 22, 2012 – Shelved as: paranormal
April 10, 2012 – Started Reading
April 11, 2012 –
page 160
38.46% "D. J. MacHale is using a clown as the villain again. Nice."
April 14, 2012 –
page 230
55.29% "Reverse horcruxes! (Horcri?)"
April 15, 2012 –
page 300
72.12% "What's this, Goodreads? I'm 2 books behind? Well, take THAT! *chucks rotten fruit*"
April 16, 2012 – Finished Reading
August 7, 2012 – Shelved as: male-pov

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