- File Size: 3778 KB
- Print Length: 280 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Green Press/Eva Pohler (December 27, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 27, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QQ0NQ4A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,821 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story is well-devised. The protagonists are, for the most part, teenagers, and their romance crises are kind of cute. The cliffhanger part is that the main protagonist, Gertie, is toying around with things that are addictive. Will she become an addict? Will she become worse?
I won't be giving anything away by saying that there's a lot about vampires in this book. Ms. Pohler has her own ideas about vampires, and they're pretty interesting. Ms. Pohler is a good writer and a good storyteller too.
Now, the bad: Don't read this book unless you've already bought the other two books in the series. Ms. Pohler throws you overboard, and the only life preserver she's willing to throw you is book two. I don't like these kinds of trilogies. I like it when things are concluded except for perhaps a few loose ends. It's those few loose ends that the reader might opt into the next book to tie up. Or in this case, the reader might be enticed into book two because book one was so engaging.
For my part, I'm going to leave Gertie in a mess. I've climbed back into the boat. Gertie is still overboard at the end of book one, having been thrown there by her author. I could opt into book two, hoping she finds rescue, and after that, I'd probably have to opt into book three to see if she survives. I'm not going to. I'm going to ride the boat back to shore, and I'm going to leave Gertie out there in the ocean. I'm sorry, Gertie. Good luck to you.
- Fast read, easy read.
- A good time without needing a lot of brain power.
- Decent ending, not what I expected.
- Some of the descriptions were beautiful, elegant.
- Interesting incorporation of Greek mythology into a vampire narrative. This was easily the strongest aspect of this story. Props deserved for this.
And now the cons:
- Vapid, unrelatable main character who barely has enough wit about her to get dressed in the morning. And let’s not broach the “tragedy” of her affluent upbringing. Her most realistic human urge is her curiosity about vampirism.
- Excessive manufactured emotions. Maybe I’m just dead inside, but I never resonated with Gertie’s plight. Most of her drama surrounded things that a microliter of common sense would solve. And her relationships never felt real, not even with the love interests. It all felt pushy, empty.
- There were quite a few typos, literary mistakes, and confusion about what exactly warm and cool colors are.
- Toxic relationships being paraded as romantic.
I can easily say that I will not be reading the remainder of the series, nor would I recommend this to anyone. I gave it two stars instead of one because books are really hard to write and even the rough ones need mercy.
Along with great characters, there is a great story the flows and twists in places you don't expect. The writing really flowed along and the story was interesting. All in all a really good read.
However, I am a little bummed about the ending. Only because it left me with a cliffhanger and I am unable to find the second installment of this wonderful story and I really need to see how it plays out.
Fun premise. It could have been great, but it's just not.
The writing felt very middle grade to me (bad middle grade, not the good stuff). Also had lots of telling. Nothing goes deeper than a skim of the surface. Tons (and tons and tons) of holes in the plot. Things happen just to create scary moments without any of it being meaningful.
Worst of all though was the heroine. She was a self-centered twit. Over and over again, someone would tell her not to do X because X was so dangerous. Guaranteed that meant she'd be doing X within the next couple of paragraphs putting herself and other people in danger just because she felt like it. She strings two boys along for most of the book in a way that felt cruel. She's deeply selfish but of course so beautiful that men are always falling at her feet. Giant Ugh.