Thursday, May 31, 2012
Book Review: Slide
AUTHOR: Jill Hathaway
GENRE: Paranormal, mystery
PREMISE: A girl with the power to see the eyes of others tries to track down a killer who is offing cheerleaders.
MY REVIEW: Sigh, I had such high hopes for this one. I was hoping for something along the lines of Clarity/Mythos Academy. While they are similar I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as those and as much as I wanted. Look, these are mostly my beefs. Honestly it's a decent enough book. The mystery is kind of solid, the author is good at building suspense, and there were interesting twists.
Unfortunately I didn't like any of the main characters. I got where they were coming from, but I still didn't like them. I also was annoyed at all the stereotyping, particularly of the cheerleader/popular kid crowd. Then there were usual tropes like the ever annoying love triangle, the best friend who naturally is in love with the MC (she magically doesn't notice) and don't get me started on flip-flopping on the bullying angle. I mean somehow the mean girl is totally responsible but MC's sister who didn't exactly stop mean girl is somehow totally not? Even after MC even acknowledged how horrible her sister treated said friend? Sorry, but no, being sorry for a girl's death doesn't change the fact that you treated her like crap when she was alive. Yes, I understand she's a teenager and teenagers can be jerks, but still. Plus, the MC's gift is never explained and I found that annoying.
While I liked the mystery and the general ideas going on in this book, I just had a hard time getting into it because I kept wanting to reach into the book and shake everyone. I recomend this for people with a higher tolerance of jerky/hypocritical characters then me.
WHO SHOULD READ: Mystery fans, paranormal fans
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five shrugs