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on June 19, 2013 :
Krystal McLaughlin's The Willows was like the Uninvited meets Morganville Vampires. I say this because I HATED The Uninvited with a passion because it was full of nonsense that sometimes passed as a scary story but it was really about some guy who went sleeping through the town so when his daughter went to visit, all her love interests were half-related to her. And I chose Morganville because I LOVE Morganville Vampires; Morganville casts a different light on Vampires than Twilight and all those other copycat books. That was The Willows for me.
There wasn't a lot in terms of realism in this book. People thought Evie was weird for not bouncing right back after her parents AND her brother died. Her boyfriend expected her to make-out with him and act like nearly her entire family HADN'T disappeared/died in the course of a couple months. Plus Evie herself was that stupid girl who hears a strange noise and then proceeds to walk towards it shouting “Who's there?” You'd expect her to be a little more cautious after finding out her brother disappeared doing the things she was doing.
Another thing I didn't like was all the guys Evie managed to get a hold of in such a short amount of book. At least in House of Night Zoey got to be a slut throughout 15 (17? 20? I lost count after a while) books. Though don't get me wrong, extremely grateful that this isn't a H.O.N rerun, oh god the horror.
Now for the good things. The Willows was fabulously fresh with a completely different outtake on vampires. The gory, mysterious parts were frightening and truly well-written. The Willows did scare the shit out of me on the creep factor, I mean manic laughing, random weather changes, crazy bloodsucking stalkers, what's not to love? It was an engaging book, a pretend-to-be-studying-while-secertly-reading book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on June 04, 2013 :
The Willows is beautifully written, tragic story based around what happens to Evie after her parents die.
Immediately, I was drawn into this mysterious story through the somewhat shocking opening. It is obvious to the reader that this opening is in fact a forewarning as to what is going to happen at the end of the book and it put me on the edge of my seat straight away. The interesting opening made me extremely excited to carry on reading as soon as possible and find out what happens, which rarely happens to me when reading a book. It usually takes me at least a chapter or two to really get into it but that was not the case this time. Which, to me, is a clear sign that this would be a good book. And good it was.
The character development in this book was very good, I liked Evie straight away perhaps because of the sympathy I felt for her due to her reaction of her parents death. I liked how sure Evie was of herself when it came to what had happened to her brother, I loved reading about the relationship she has with her siblings. So much so that she would risk her life to go and save them! Futhermore, her relationship with the other characters, especially the two brothers, Remy and Sevren was very interesting, if a little unusual. I found the dynamics of that different relationship very interesting to read about especially considering what the two brothers were!
Although, one character that I did feel was slightly under-developed was Landon. There wasn't much of a back story to his character which made it hard to understand why he so suddenly betrayed Evie and turned bad. Everything about his character was a bit sudden making it hard to understand why he did the things he did.
This story does have a lot of mystery in it and it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat dying to know what would happen next. The pages definitely turned themselves as I could not put this book down, I was dying to know that Evie would find out! And when she did find out the truth, well... Wow. Really was not expecting that! Which is another reason you should read this book, it will definitely shock you with all the interesting twists and turns, and that shockingly amazing ending! Well, let's just say it will keep you wanting more...
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on March 16, 2013 :
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