* I’m announcing some spoilers in the following review, so if you haven’t read it and would like to get a feel for it on your own, avert your eyes from this post =P *
I had hoped to write a much better review this time than the one for the previous volume. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible, because this book was a major letdown!
I expected things to have a bigger build-up and then an explosive event, something to catch your attention and hold it until the very end [or if not, AT LEAST SOMETHING more exciting]. The most I can say was that the cliff-hanger in ended in was the best idea of the whole thing! =/
Finding out toward the end that the boss is Tiffany was a major let-down. She’s mentioned here and there, without any direct contact with the main characters. You can basically include her in the decor as a tree or a leaf and it’d be the same thing. So when she was actually portrayed as being evil, everything felt like a ‘meh, I think the author was kidding when she wrote this’. You can’t form an opinion on her before all this [which is kind of important, since you want the villain to be believable and to induce either hate, deep disappointment or other negative emotions in the reader’s mind towards her character] because her part is so vague.
She was put in Allie and Levi’s weeding, which was kind of like throwing a nut against a wall! *sighing deeply* Yes, yes, I know it’s really hard to shape a villain [I have that problem as a writer, myself], but if you see that it’s not working out, ask for help, from friends, other writers, fans, readers, who knows where a good idea might come from?
From my point of view, I’d say the characters AND the events need more depth, especially the crucial ones.
The things that I’m praising for this novel:
– YEY for Toby and Casey!! =D and for Jared getting his head out of his too tight pants for once! ^^
– it’s really awesome when you’re offering a promise of a awesome ending for all the main characters, [ok, have to comment here as well, sorry =/] but don’t offer the ending on a silver platter on your 2nd book in a series! let readers have some surprises in the last novel, WTF?!
To sum up: I’m just sayin’ the author should have stuck to a simpler plot line, without so many sub-plots, because they created a very tangled and messy squiggle! Or if you want to have things more complicated, then give [much] more pages to the book!
P.S. What is with this cover photo???? O_O *horrified!!!*