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Review The Walker in Shadows by Barbara Michaels

 

The house next door to Pat Robbins–eerily identical to the home Pat shares with her college-aged son, Mark–has been empty for years, the darkness within seeming to warn all to stay away. Now new tenants are moving in: affable Josef Friedrichs and his lovely daughter, Kathy, who has stolen Mark’s heart on first glance. But something is not right–something old and secret lurking in the shadows that fresh paint and new furnishings cannot mask or exorcise. There is evil alive in the heart of the house next door–and it means to feed on the fears of two families . . . and drag Kathy Friedrichs with it into peril.

Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Publisher: HarperTorch
Release Date: 1979
Page Count: 352
Source: My copy.
Rating: 2/5

I don’t really like ghost stories. But this was a book club read so… yeah. I read it. Thankfully it wasn’t scary, or I may have put it down. I don’t do scary things.

The rating system says a two star rating is for “it was okay”. And this book was okay, I guess, despite the general boringness and lack of development. I liked the writing style – it had that going for it.

I wasn’t impressed by the background or the supposed “twist” at the end. Which is strange because I generally enjoy historical fiction (not that that is what this was, but it had some elements). I loved Between Shades of Gray and The Russian Concubine series, and The Red Scarf is one of my all time favorite books. But this backstory failed to capture my attention. I found it all to be very uninteresting. The worst was the ghost. It only appeared at 1 AM? Was that ever explained? How unbelievable is that??

It’s obvious that the author really tried to focus on the romance of the story, but I just wasn’t buying it. Mark and Kathy’s (whose name definitely didn’t match her naïve, young girl personality – I could see Katherine or Katie or even Kath, as Mark sometimes referred to her as, but Kathy? It didn’t work for her) romance was practically nonexistent, if anything all appearances pointed to them being very good friends. And Josef and Pat’s romance? Where the hell did that come from? I sensed not one attraction even, through the entire course of the book, and all the sudden he’s jealous that some other man is touching her? And then they’re kissing? (removed for spoilers)

So that was annoying. But there were some elements I enjoyed. The writing was very refined – I found the whole thing very easy to read. And I liked Mark’s character – my reaction to him was almost automatic. He lived a very humorous, easygoing existence and I found myself smiling whenever he would speak.

Mostly though, the book bored me. The backstory was very meh, and I literally fell asleep reading the last twenty pages. The romance was completely botched. The book just really wasn’t for me.


Review Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. 

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Page Count: 361
Source: My copy.
Rating: 1.5/5

I think this book is very immature. Not because it’s YA and the characters are young and immature, but the delivery of the whole thing is just very immature. My initial thoughts from the first fifty pages were that it had elements from my list of no-nos:

-Corny dialogue. Katy calls Daemon “buddy” when she’s mad. Like, “Oh, no you don’t, buddy.” What teenager talks like that? It’s lazy. In real life, not everyone talks the same as everyone else. Let’s give these people some originality.

-Amateur writing. There was no setting, no world-building. I couldn’t envision the characters and what they were doing, just what they were saying.

Katy was a book blogger. When I read other reviews/praises for this book I thought that it would be really cool. It turned out that it would annoy me to no end. Again, I think this book fails in the delivery department. When “Waiting on Wednesday” was referenced, I just felt like the author was mocking me as a reader, and friends who review books on their blogs. I felt that she was stealing from the literary community instead of choosing to be original. It was like a kick in the face.

Katy was a book blogger, and yet she never read anything. There was one reference in the book to her reading, and yet she didn’t enjoy herself because she had other things on her mind. For someone who says people don’t get books like she does, she sure doesn’t do a lot of reading. And I would have expected Katy to demonstrate a better vocabulary for herself, being someone that read so much. Yet, she expresses herself with “whatever” and mindless statements like that.

Daemon. Daemon is the reason I bought this book. (And bought book two, too.) When I got excited about reading this book, it’s because I thought I had found a YA fantasy/paranormal romance that told an engaging story about a guy, an alien, who was, basically, an asshole, but a charming asshole! You know, there must have been some reason (other than he’s hot) that Katy wanted to be around him?!?! But there’s not. He’s not charming, funny, or even likeable. And when he’s being “the real Daemon” as Katy describes him when he’s being cordial, there is nothing special about him. He’s just a regular guy. With that, I’ve come to the conclusion that the only reason that Katy is drawn to him is because “he’s hot”. Which speaks to me about her character: she’s self-absorbed and materialistic. Not someone teens reading this book should want to be like.

A 1-star rating for this book may seem unfair, especially since I read the whole thing. And I did enjoy certain parts: their kiss was well written, for example. And the ending had an interesting twist. But a total of thirty enjoyable pages out of 361 just doesn’t seem like enough to me to warrant a “it was okay”. I’ll call it 1.5.

As I ended it, despite all my negative feelings towards it, I was planning on reading book two. I already had it, for one, and I thought maybe it might be interesting to see how the story moves forward and whether or not these characters will develop and grow. Maybe they can redeem themselves. And then I read the last page, and (removed for spoilers). So, I won’t be continuing this series.

I will keep the books in my shelves. The covers are so fucking gorgeous, I’ve never seen anything like them. It’s really too bad because I really wanted to love this series. I thought I would love it, which is why I bought both books without even thinking twice about it. But from page one it just fell down, down, down. And it never came back up.