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This was just bad... Our main characters were just so dislikeable that it hurt. Zoe actually calls a her brother (who has ADHD) a Spas at one point and then leaves him out in a blizzard because and I quote "She can't be bothered". Don't even get me started on Giles' interpretation of 'diversity' it was quite obvious he only added a gay character so he could say " Ooh look at me I added a gay character!" The character in question was poorly written and highly dislikeable, trait shared by almost all the characters in this book. That wasn't even it though, the insta-love in this book was inanely painful and forced, plus INSTA-LOVE??? Can anyone LIKE insta-love? This is quite possibly the worst book I have ever read, and I have read a lot of books...
I considered bumping this up to a two star rating simply because it's readable. But then I got to the end and it just really fell flat.
It's not boring however, I can give it that. It is pretty laughable though. I stopped reading for quailty by the end of chapter three and became more interested in seeing how much more ridiculousness would ensue.
There were some elements that just didn't make sense. The whole 'hunt bad guys but if you break the rules we're going to kill INNOCENT people to get back at you' for instance. I had no choice but to go along with it but, the whole time I'm just going "ummmm....." And it's sorta addressed in the book too? Though the reasoning can be summed up as "because we can" so my 'umm-ing' just continued on for longer.
Honestly, the book tries so hard. SO hard. But I just don't feel anything for it.
It TRIES to be funny, but the humor is so flat or forced. It TRIES to be cool, which I think is what made me laugh the most. All these things happen, from the videos being played out of X's body to the Lords leaping, and then the whole fight at the end of the book...just... really? Why are we being so extra?! I would read something, turn to whom ever was next to me like 'get a load of this'.
So at end it was more lame and than exciting.
Also, it's pushing for strong and feminist characters. But ARGH. I am DONE with authors, and in my experience mostly male authors, just out right saying "she was strong and independent and [insert other strong female traits 101 here]. THAT'S NOT HOW IT WORKS.
Although I can appreciate it, I do. Power to female representation. But it just has to stop. Show me what makes her strong. Prove to me that she's smart. Telling me does me no good especially when that character is Zoe who consistently disproves those traits. Con-sis-tent-ly. I seriously would have just gaped at her sheer stupidity in real life.
And if that wasn't enough, the romance is really an eyesore. Love at first sight. Ok, right. Again it felt forced. There wasn't a build up for it, it just happens and then they're both so overly about the other that it's just one big eye roll fest.
I liked Ripper, Banger and Jonah though. Yet, seriously, the book could have ended with them all dead and I'd just be thinking, "oh well that was plot twist" and then moved on with my day.
There's to be a second book and a tiny part of me is interested in knowing X's mom. At this point though, I think my imagination is doing a better job of it than having to read it. Maybe I'll skim it in the store when it comes out. If I care to remember.
After I finished I was reading the author bio and I think it's safe to say that this was his first fiction piece ever. Before this he worked on entertainment articles and non-fiction which have different styles and ways of writing. And I think it shows.
Look I HATE doing bad reviews. The synopsis had so much potential. So yes, I'm disappointed. But the only way I'm recommending this book is if I wanted someone to rant with me about it. Which is better than dnf-ing it, right?
P.s - Kudos to the designer. The 'One More Soul' text on the side might be the coolest thing going for it.
Only made it to page 15 before I was like - forget it. This book has every little cliche going for it. Let's see .. we have the 'vegan' mother, the lesbian teen couple, and a bratty brother w/ADHD. I didn't like the writing style and this book is a waste of $5.95. Serves me right for not reading the preview.
I really bought into the blurbs on this one. I got the popcorn out, snuggled under a blanket, and prepared to read away New Year's Day. It was a struggle.
The story is sketchy -- young girl, little brother, under threat from icky man, saved by guy named "X", now we must find the missing father who may be dead in a different reality/world. The horror as it develops is created, at first, by the nasty man who has killed the neighbors, and now may abuse/kill/be nasty to the heroine and her little brother. This develops slowly.
To build suspense, we are treated initially to 20 pages all to get the girl to go outside and find her missing brother when it is 15 below, and the dogs. Already, we are being played with, emotions being pulled by bad writing and bad set-ups.
Then X comes along. He can display videos of past events, on his back, on a nearby wall. He is from some alternative reality. X makes no sense, is a teen angst angel, tortured soul type... There is little world building, little attempt to create the alternative realities that explain his existence (in a sensible way). (As an aside, here is a sure-fire test: when a character like X does something, say to yourself "No, he did not! If you giggle, the book has failed to make you suspend disbelief. I was giggling like mad, every time X showed up.)
Fast forward to the real plot, and we have scenes where these strange powerful people are fighting and ... and... why? When a story makes no sense for page after page, and there is little world building, and the main character is still sort of whiny and un-appealing, the result is a book that ruins a good New Year's Day.
The back story needs to make a certain sense. The magic must be real, the story can be fantastic but has to connect to human personalities, and not just thrown out there. This felt cobbled together, under-written, and over-dramatic.