Monday, April 25, 2011
I want to qualify my view of the writing by saying that everyone else I know raved about the writing in this book. People I think very highly of as reviewers, book fanatics, and writers themselves have written some great blog posts about how much they loved the writing, and I recommend that you check those out. I don't typically qualify my opinion on the writing because this is my blog and if I don't like the writing, I don't like it. In this case, I've heard way too many differing opinions from people I trust to just flat out say the writing is average. For me, the writing was just ok. Nothing jumped out at me as especially amazing or striking. I have no criticisms either, but it didn't stand out to me as anything more than standard YA fare. I think the story was original and I had no complaints, but I also don't have the raves that some did.
Again, for me, this one was ok. I almost think that this may be another case where my expectations were just too high from the beginning. I had heard such wonderful things from my writer/reader/blogger friends that I expected to be blown away. And I was certainly entertained. I read the entire book in one evening. I just wasn't as blown away as I had thought I would be. It didn't make me cry (although this is typical - I rarely cry when reading) and I wasn't just DYING for the next installment in the series (Where She Went). I cared about the characters, but not as much as I wanted to. I wasn't sad to leave them at the end and I didn't wonder what would happen to them next. I DO plan to read Where She Went, and I've heard wonderful things about it. I just wasn't as thrilled with this one as I had planned to be.
Here are the links to some of my blogging friends who have given this one rave reviews and have, in particular, discussed the writing:
Laurel at Chic Fit Geek
Cassie at Words On Paper
Crystal and Life, Love, and Literature
The Perpetual Page Turner
Posted by Julie G at 8:59 PM