Today I’m a part of the Just Couldn’t Put it Down July Blog Giveaway Hop! What’s up for grabs?
- International – EBook of Radicals by Frankie Rose
- You can pick up the first book in the series for free, Halo on Amazon
- Check out the other blogs on the hop! Click here
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Overall 4 Star
-Book Description: 3
-Simile Use: 4
-Show Not Tell: 4
The description of Halo caught me up, and I found myself one-clicking it; however, during the course of the book and at the end, I felt it didn’t really describe what I was getting in to. I liked what I got into, but it left me with a totally different impression than what actually did ensue. That being said, the cover didn’t draw me in at all. The original cover when the novel was Rashka, had drawn me in and that was why I originally went looking for it. I also found the glossary at the front of the book to be a little too much; as a reader I wanted to learn what those things were while reading the book. It made it feel more like a text book in the beginning than anything else, plus the terms weren’t difficult to grasp onto within the book itself. Overall, the book was creative and had interesting twists by juxtaposing two different worlds right next to one another. They each house very similar and cruel games, of which they have different reasons for having. It still amounts to the same thing, though–an unneeded death. Throughout the story I grappled with the fact that I felt the very first thing that happened in the book was completely illogical. What Cai did made absolutely no sense, other than to move along the story. He knows there is a way out–he could have done the same thing, without doing what he did, during a training match. Once I got past the fact that his actions made no sense, especially for someone who was thoughtful about every single move, I enjoyed the story. It moved at a good pace, there were no grammatical issues that I could spot and there was minimal simile use. There where, I must admit, periods where I found myself skimming portions. I have previously read other books by Frankie Rose, so I had prepared myself for this already. I have to admit, I didn’t skim as much as I normally do–and I am going to read the next book in the series. The last series I read by her, I picked up the first book and then didn’t continue. This level of description became more arduous towards the end where the action heated up, and I found myself skimming at those parts to get past the description and get to the actual action. Besides this, I really did enjoy the novel! I’ve already one clicked the next one!