This review has also been posted at Carole's Random Life
I had really high hopes for this book. Romantic horror just sounds completely fantastic. I like a good romance novel every once in a while but mix that up with some horror and I just knew that I would fall in love with this book. The description even mentions Children of the Corn
...so it has to be scary right?!?! I haven't actually seen Children of the Corn
but I know it has to be scary because my parents wouldn't let me watch it back when I was a kid (I am still a little upset about this). I was prepared to be frightened.
I was rather disappointed by the time I finished this book. This book wasn't the least bit scary for me. I also found it to be just another entry into the overcrowded genre of Young Adult Paranormal Romance. I was really looking forward to something completely unique but found that this wasn't really all that different at all. There paranormal elements weren't your average sparkly vampire or teenage werewolf but the visions that the main characters has didn't seem very original either.
The opening scene really grabbed me. How could it not? Dead girls and dripping blood always seems to grab my attention...and I was hoping for a lot of blood in this one. I was ready for things to get really scary after that first scene but that was about as scary as it got. The book really kind of lost me when it became more of a romance than anything else. It wasn't even a very good romance. There was a serious case of insta-love without a lot of chemistry between the characters in this one. I was really hoping for more blood to be perfectly honest.
I quickly figured out that the comparisons to Children of the Corn
were actually referencing the corn...not the horror. There is a lot of corn in this book. Magical corn. Most of the book happens in the middle of acres and acres of corn. I expected scary...and I got corn. Oh well.
I didn't actually hate this book. I liked it well enough for what it was but it did not live up to my expectations. I did find myself wondering how things would work out and felt compelled to finish the story. There were some interesting elements in the book but this was a book that never was hard for me to put down. There big twist was a bit of a surprise and the last section of the book was rather exciting. Unfortunately, things didn't wrap up quite as nicely as I had hoped they would and I really think that readers will need to read the second book to get the full story.
I am not going to recommend this book to others. I do think that other readers may enjoy this one a lot more than I did. I am not sure at this point if I will pick up the second book in the duology or not. I kind of want to know how everything works out but this book was so forgettable I probably won't care by the time it is released.I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin First to Read for the purpose of providing an honest review.Initial Thoughts
I don't even know what I think about this book right now. I need to take some time before I even try to put my thoughts together for a review.