I was so disappointed by this book. I have loved the Oak Knoll series, but this one tanked. There was hardly any character development. It felt like 60% of the book was internal conversations the main character is having with herself- it got to the point that I was so sick of listening to her I fast-forwarded a lot of it. While I cannot imagine what it would be like to loose a child, I did not feel sympathy for the main character because of her obvious lack of care for her remaining daughter. It was frustrating that in the end, she never even grasped how poor her parenting had been. I was also super frustrated that you didn't get to see any of the old characters (Vince, Anne, Franny) very much if at all. There have been SO many unanswered questions in these books, and I was really hoping they would all come together finally, but they didn't. I honestly didn't really feel like this book connected very well to the others. There was no comic relief in this book, and the tone was much darker than the previous two. And lastly, the romantic interest of Tony was SO far beneath him it was disgusting. This whole time, you've been waiting for him to end up with someone he can love and protect who deserves him too. Hoag's choice for him was just pathetic.
This was seriously the worst and most disgusting book I have ever listened too.I actually ended up returning it, but wanted to give others a heads up.
I like scary stories, and I am not squeamish at all. This book just went WAY too far though. Was it scary, at times? Yes. There were definitely "jump out at you" moments consistently, which would have been good if the content hadn't been so perverted. That is the only way I can truly describe this book, perverted.
I get that sometimes, sex is mixed in with violence, that is part of the genre. But as I said, this book took it way too far. I feel like none of the reviews or descriptions I read prepared me for it. The Hell House is a house of complete debauchery, and the haunting reflect that. I ended up skipping over long, drawn out rape scenes (rape is never sexy).
On top of all that, the characters are pretty shallow and stupid. They continue repeating the same thoughts over and over, and there is not really any character development or even plot development. When I wasn't wanting to fast forward, I was yawning. Lastly, the narration (which was done by Ray Porter, who I really liked in Water for Elephants) was very jarring. He switches off between whispers and shouting so much that I would find myself jumping, not because of the plot of the story, but because suddenly someone is shouting in my ear.
I would not recommend this book, ever, to anyone. It sucked.
I have mixed feelings about The Fault in Our Stars, and it took me a long time to figure out my overall takeaway.
Most important to know about this book is that even though everyone says "this is a story about life and love", this is actually a book about death. While I understood the story line, I believed that I would walk away with profound insights on how to live, and how love survives, and all that... I didn't. If you read it, you will be subjected to the sadness that is every cancer filled page. I did not find this book profound, or philosophical. I mostly took away the fact that life just ends, and people get forgotten. There wasn't even any redemption in how the other characters survive death. It felt a lot like the move (not the book) My Sisters Keeper. You should know if you are going to buy this book that you are getting exactly what you'd expect in a teen cancer novel... don't be fooled.
That said, I did enjoy the book and actually couldn't stop listening to it. I loved the narration, and thought the characters were very realistic. John Green is a fantastic writer, and I have enjoyed his other books (especially Looking for Alaska). This book did as promised; it made me laugh and cry (mostly cry). It also made me want to tell my loved ones how awesome they are, which I think may have been the point. To sum it up, I would recommend this book, just as long as you are under no illusions about what you are buying.
I loved the whole Denby family. I love it in a book when you can both hate characters and also have compassion or connect to them. I felt that way about Justin and Libby, which kept things interesting.
She did a great job with everyone, but probably Libby.
Some people said they guessed the twist at the end, but I didn't. There were clues, but it kept you wondering the whole time. I thought it was well done.
I loved that this book goes back, tracing the history of characters you've already fallen in love with from Slaughters previous books. Its also thick with suspense.
Finally understanding the special bond that Amanda and Will share- its been hinted at since the series started, but the reader has never understood why.
I have listened to her before, and this one is just as good as the others. She captures the characters wonderfully, making every one sound unique.
Something like "The Case that Changed it All"
I also love that the ending promises more from this series- a relief because its one of my favorites!!
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