*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
At only 60 pages, Open House was a very quick read. In fact, I managed to read 25% whilst having my breakfast and because I arrived to work 45 minutes early (why is there always congestion on my way home but not on my way to work?!) I completed the remaining three quarters.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the beginning; how Rebecca and Robert knew each other beforehand at school because so many books I read are about love at first sight, which quite frankly is beyond my comprehension.
However, their `love' moved a little too quickly for my liking. I understand the whole first romance thing, and how Rebecca would like to please Rob, but having a guy that controlling, who even orders your dinner for you is not what I find attractive. I found him a leeetle bit arrogant.
I could not relate to the characters particularly or the storyline because a billionaire arriving unexpectedly, buying a mansion to move in with a girl he once tutored but was not romantically involved with is something I could not get my head around. Then just over a week later the guy proposes to her, seriously? In an ideal world it would be incredibly sweet but unfortunately it was beyond the realms of my reality but perhaps I am just too cynical.
On the other hand, I loved the inclusion of Greek Mythology in Open House. I have always wanted to learn more about the Greek Gods and Goddesses and was happily surprised to see them in this read. I especially found the banter between Ares and Aphrodite amusing, and how they were constantly trying to interfere with the outcome of RR's relationship.
Ironically, the fact that Greek Mythology was involved in this, especially the Goddess of Love herself, helped me to believe the story and their love. This also pushed my rating of Open House from a 3.5 to a 4!
Wisteria lives in one of the few safe havens left. She is training as a tracker, which involves shooting those infected with the Nero disease: something her people call 'curing'. The disease is caught by someone who already has the disease biting you, and then you become one of them; a flesher.
Then enters Bach, one of the 'Family' who stumbles against Wisteria as she is fighting off the fleshers that are trying to eat/kill her. Bach is generally disgusted by humans, or 'Terrans' as they are known by his kind but there is something familiar about Wisteria, like he has met her before but cannot remember...
It was an interesting story, with plenty of action and gruesome scenes, which is not great when I am reading whilst having my brekky :s
Wisteria's mum was a bit too cold...she continuously lied to Wisteria, and didn't seem the slightest bit sorry about it. I understand she did it to protect her, but encouraging her daughter in a dangerous way of living, and not even giving her the real reasons seems a bit too cruel for me.
I am not quite sure whether I like Bach or not. At times he would do something heroic, but at other times he seemed too self-absorbed for my liking, although Wisteria brought out some very positive changes in him.
Garfield (what a name!) was a cute character, and surprisingly loyal too. I feel he will have a larger part to play in the next Wisteria books, maybe even fall for Wisteria although I wonder how Bach would take that. Yikes!Overall a good read though it could have done with a little more humour....
When I began reading this novella I could not help but be reminded of a TV series I watch which has a similar concept of Altering a persons DNA in order to create a superhuman. However the similarities began and ended there. In this story we see how Joshua Henderson's identity transforms as a result of an experiment forced upon him.
Joshua becomes a dog like human who can no longer speak but only barks, hence his nickname 'Bark'. Hidden from the world, he becomes part of a superhuman team to secure the safety of others.
This novella is Bark's journey in realising that despite his outward change, he can still use his super strength and quick reflexes to help others.
The ending was slightly unrealistic since Bark and Frost fall in love: I'm not quite sure how that will work out considering he can only communicate in barks and woofs.
I thought the story began with more narrative than I would have liked but as it was a novella, this did not bother me too much. Overall a light, interesting read. (:
Looking into her quivering eyes, his wish to speak again had never been stronger than it was at that moment. But fate is a funny, fickle thing, taking what it wants and leaving what you don't expect.