I couldn’t even finish this book.
Once again, I’m searching for a new paranormal romance/urban fantasy series to read. I’ve just finished two excellent series…well, not finished but I am waiting for the next books to come out but meanwhile I am that stage where I am going to Goodreads and looking up what recommendations they have for me. My process is to go through the recommended books that they have listed for me and click on them to read what it is about. If it sounds interesting, I read a few reviews about it and see how many stars people are giving it. Then once, I find a series that has at least four or five books already written in the series, I go buy it and download it from Amazon. The last two series were recommended to me by a blog reader who obviously has excellent tastes. Anyway, I’ve read a few books now but haven’t really liked anything so far.
But this book takes the cake on awful! I did my homework and everyone was saying it was a good series. They said it was similar to the Twilight saga which I liked….really, I don’t care what other people say about it and how everyone is always making fun of it, I thoroughly enjoyed the series. What the reviewers didn’t say is that this is almost an exact replica of Twilight but subpar by far. Ha! Look at that, I rhymed.
Girl moves into small new town. Girl meets mysterious gorgeous man. Mysterious man saves her from evil vampire attack and introduces her to the group of non-violent, animal-blood-drinking vampires who all live with together. There’s the spunky girl who has visions of the future. There’s the unfriendly girl who doesn’t want the human girl around because she is jealous that she is still human and she wishes she were still human. All of the other vampires in the household are extremely friendly and helpful. It’s really gag inducing how similar it is to Twilight. The only thing different was that the lead female character wants to kill herself for some horrific mysterious reason.
But it was boring more than anything else. The only thing that made me hold on as long as I did, was because I wanted to find out what caused her to want to kill herself. As soon as I did, I stopped reading. It just seemed like there was no plot and everyone was just too nice and helpful to Charlotte, the lead character. It was just too strange…especially since Charlotte is kind of a standoffish bitch. She came into the town not wanting to become close to anyone because she was going to kill herself or move on after a month or two if she didn’t manage to off herself. But everyone seemed to want to become friends with her. The checker at the market wanted to become instant friends with her. The craft store owner agrees to sell her paintings in his store and starts having coffee with her regularly every week then invites her over for the holidays with he and his wife. Then after the evil vampire attack, when Charlotte meets all the vampires, they all gather around her like little kids around a birthday cake wishing her well and doing everything they can to help her get better. Everyone was so sickly sweet and helpful. It was just unbelievable as heck.
I quit reading about 1/3rd of the way through…just after she reveals what happened to her to want to make her kill herself. I think the author should have started to set up some dangerous background plot or some kind of antagonistic force before the 30% mark and before she revealed Charlotte’s past to keep readers interested. If there was a plot or anything interesting that happened beyond this point, I don’t know because I just couldn’t push myself to read anymore. I hope everything turns out okay for Bella….er…I mean, Charlotte.