Friday, November 21, 2008

The Year of Disappearances

The Year of Disappearances by Susan Hubbard

What was this book about?

Ari is special. She isn’t human - she is half human/half vampire. She has special skills that allow her to hypnotize people, read their thoughts. She is very close to her mother and her father and must learn to fit into the rest of the world.

Ari finds some local friends who are not all that she wishes they were. But before you know it one of them disappears. The community begins to wonder who has done it. So Ari (at 14) goes off to college and things don’t change there. Can she stop whatever is happening before everything she loves is gone?

What did you think about the book?

I tried – I really tried. I love vampire books. They are fun and allow you to get inside a world that doesn’t really exist. I even enjoy when they are both combined with a touch of real life and a bit of the paranormal. But with this book I was never really into it.

For a little while it started to get my attention. Just enough that I refused to put it down and just ignore the book until there was nothing else to read. I wanted to finish it. I wanted to enjoy it. The inside cover description left me clamoring to find out what it was about that would test Ari.

But it all left me cold. By the time I got to the end it seemed like everything was rushed, forced. It was like ok I am done telling this story so I am ready to move on to something else.

What genre would you consider this?



Question for you!:

What did you think of the ending? Was it too rushed for you? What do you do if you can’t get into a book? Put it down? Keep reading?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Endings are very important to me. I wouldn't like it to be left with the feeling you had.