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"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
About the Author
Amy Sparling is a Texas native with a passion for young adult literature. In her free time she participates in an unhealthy amount of Xbox playing, attends nerd conventions and collects nail polish. You can visit her website at www.AmySparling.com
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What kept me from enjoying the book more were the inconsistencies and errors throughout the story, while tiny details by themselves that are insignificant to the rest of the story, they are annoying enough to frustrate me and detract from the enjoyment of the book. It makes me wonder if the author self published without having an editor give feedback first. From autocorrect mistakes like saying "truck" instead of "trunk", to research mistakes like claiming that Sandra Bullock was in Pretty Woman (she wasn't) to story continuity issues where the character goes from having a TV to not having a TV at all and making it seem like she never had one when she moved in with her mother.... All of the little things added up to enough for me to substract 2 stars from my rating.
Some rewriting on the problem details and this would be a great book.
Taylor cannot stand to be there now that he is gone so she goes to live with her mother and ends up working in a haunted museum and finds a new friend in Raine. Now she is helping her Mom pay the rent, but she is so haunted by the loss of Brendan and the guilt she feels she isn't able to move on. The summer and Raine changes everything, but can ghosts be real? Taylor learns that the living need closure to find a way to move on. It's a great read. Taylor isn't afraid of ghosts, she is afraid of poverty and not having the money to keep the electricity on. Things and people who are too good to be true usually are in her world. Can Taylor let go and start a new life?
A summer away at her mom's dilapidated place at the beach may just be the thing to help Taylor forget about Brendan--at least, that's her hope. The memories haunt her to this day, yet she shoves them down her throat, drowning them in succulent poison. She doesn't believe in anything and doesn't want to care about anything.
Story was very slow. All Taylor does is walk around this boring town like a sad, cynical drone. What's even more annoying is that she's stuck with people that believe in ghosts. Boy, people really do believe in anything (Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, God, etc.)
I did wonder what happened to Brendan. There was definitely a story there, but Taylor just pitter-patters about it, revealing insignificant snippets here and there. She never really divulges the whole truth. And what was the deal with Raine? It was creepy how he kept appearing out of nowhere. Why did he want to scare her? Why did he want her to believe in ghosts? It seemed that the whole goal of the story was to believe in what you can't see or whatever.
Ensconced in the lame history of a boring town, Taylor becomes Raine's assistant in his ghost tour business. And they spend all summer giving ghost tours to visitors, engaging and entertaining audiences.
I tried to give this story a chance because it sounded like an interesting story with ghosts and mystery and all, but it just didn't work out that way. I just didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
I was immediately sucked into it and found myself enjoying it quite a bit. I didn't find myself scared at all and I wanted to know more about Taylor and Raine and their story.
I will say that I wish the ending was written longer. It didn't match the perfect pacing of the book and stopped a little abruptly for me. I wish there was a second book so that their story can continue. I loved it still.
The author delved deeply into guilt and regret, but also provided new hope and future. She did a particularly good job of drawing Taylor, a girl from a gritty background that is embarrassing to her, and one she hides from her new friends. I liked her immediately, rooted for her all the way through, wanted to whack her when she was being dumb. Her story drew me through the book, and I simply had to find out what happened to her.