Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…
My Review: I have to admit the reason I read this is that the MC has the same name as me. Silly, I know, but how many times does a character have the name Kylie? Though my spelling is way cooler. ^.^ What really creeped me out though was how similar we are. Same name. Same hair color and eye color (well I'm a natural blond, I just dye it brown) Our parents are recently divorced. And we both suffer from the "too nice syndrome". *looks around* Are there camera's I'm not aware of? Lol but really, it was kind of weird how eerily similar we are.
A camp for supernaturals. Not the most original idea in the world, but the story was still good. Shadow Falls had interesting dynamics between all the different supes and their bickering were entertaining to say the least. Miranda (a dyslexic witch) and Della (a vampire) were simply hysterical. Their verbal sparring matches were just too funny. I rather enjoyed Perry as well. Most powerful shapeshifter in the world? Very cool. Though his methods of trying to gain Miranda's attention always back fired, I thought he was adorable.
While a lot of the secondary characters I found loveable, Kylie got on my nerves a little bit. She gets on a bus and sees kids dressed in black, with multi-colored hair, and piercings, and she immediately labels them freaks. Bothered me a bit. Well, okay, more than a bit. Kylie definitely went down a few notches in my book. Then there's the fact that she's in firm denial. Despite what everyone tells her, she will simply not accept that she's not entirely human. That and she treats Della like a pariah every time she sees her drinking blood. And the way she gets freaked out when Perry transforms. Just gah. Though she eventually does overcome her phobias and accepts who she is, it took her 7/8 of the book to do so. A bit tedious? Definitely.
Then there' the whole romance situation. O.O I wanted to stab myself. How is it possible to have that many feeling for so many guys? I'd explode from emotional frustration! She's hung up on her ex who happens to resemble the half-fae Derek. She can't tell whether or not her feelings for him are stemming from his resemblance to her ex or if she is genuinely attracted to him. Then there's the fact that she is still attracted to her ex. And THEN there's Lucas. The guy who she fears and yet is undeniably attracted to. *rips hair out* It was just ridiculous. She eventually gets over her ex (who dumped her because she wouldn't have sex with him and then proceeded to bang another girl) but then is stuck between Lucas and Derek. She shares passionate kisses with both of them! I had to resist the urge to punch a wall. Make up your mind girl! She is so indecisive! I can tell she's going to string Derek along and then hook up with Lucas. Because you just know the "fiery romance" will always win out on the more stable relationship. >.<
While I didn't find the story horrible, it was pretty average. The climax of the novel, and the big reveal about what was causing problems for the camp was completely anti-climatic. After it was over, I was just like "THAT was the climax? Oh...." The writing was good and it was a good story of self discovery, but otherwise it was rather blah. It was over 400 pages and I felt like nothing of importance happened. I'm rather on the fence. It was un-impressionable, but at the same time not a bad story. *shrugs* I just feel rather non-committal about this book. I didn't like it, but I didn't hate it.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Posted by Ky at 9:47 AM