Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Wanderers by Jessica Miller

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

What do you do when you learn your family is the one who's holding all the secrets. Secrets that could get you killed...


Ella is looking forward to starting college in the fall with her best friend Josie. She’s looking for a place where she can get away from her overbearing parents and two older annoying brothers. Unfortunately Ella realizes that sometimes the past comes back to haunt you.
Ella soon learns that the man who terrorizes her dreams is in fact real and coming after her.
When one of her classmates is murdered, Ella slowly recognizes this is not some strange coincidence. Ella fears that the boy she’s falling in love with is the one who stalks her dreams and no longer knows who she can trust.
When she finally learns the truth of her families deepest secret, Ella has to face her demons by taking out one of the people she thought she could trust…before they kill her.

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I got a copy of this book through a R2R because the storyline sounded very interesting. Once the story finally got into it, there were a lot of great twists and turns that left the reader questioning what was going to happen next. I liked the suspense in this, and how it started right away with us seeing the crash through Ella's dream (which was a great way to start and show us without having us actually there) and then with Jake missing in the woods. I thought both scenes were great ways of drawing the reader in without being over the top. Seeing the accident through her dream helped drive home the fact that she wasn't over what had happened. Which is why I was a little annoyed that that part of the story sort of fell by the way side further in. I would have liked there to be more focus on Ella and her dead boyfriend. Ella herself was also really annoying, and not just her. A lot of the characters in the beginning seemed too over the top. Dean felt forced into the mold of a cliche party boy, equipped with the bad attitude (Jasa). For a rich family who really didn't want to be seen as just spoiled rich snobs, he sure managed to pull it off well. That also felt like forced information at the beginning when we hear from Ella's inner monologue that she's got money but hates being judged for it. She also goes on to saying her mom told her not to let other people's opinions both her, yet she clearly is if it annoys her when she's thought of as spoiled right off. Her father was another one that seemed forced, like he was there just to further the plot but not fully fleshed out first. The scene between him and Dean in the cabin for instance was rushed and he started yelling way to soon for it to come off as anything other than over dramatic. Another thing that bugged me was a part where she's kissing Mark and she excuses him becoming too handsy by saying he couldn't control himself. Because we're seeing all of this from first person, this isn't the type of thing she should know for a fact. That sort of behavior isn't excusable, and she just brushes it aside while telling us that he lost control. Not all of the characters where forced, there were a few that I really liked such as Josie, and of course, Tristan. Once we got further into the story where we could really see Ella's new experiences with both of these two things got better. I love the dynamics between Ella and Tristan, though she treats him pretty poorly in the beginning which again was annoying. I felt that because Josie had a bigger part, her character wasn't forced into a little box. She was given more thought and because of that ended up a well rounded character. I think that this proves that this author needs to polish this work more, but can without a doubt do it. A lot of the sentences are repetitive, and whole scenes should be either lengthened or taken out entirely. I would recommend this book to those who are interested in a good mystery however, because it definitely does keep you wondering the whole way through. I don't want to give any of the actual plot away and spoil it for anyone so I'll just leave it at that. Oh, but just as one last note, the term is actually "wives tales" not "wise tales". :) Common mistake that's easily fixed.



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