Young Adult Fantasy Fiction, Humor
ALA Top Ten Fiction Best Books for Young Adults 2011
7 out of 10
McBride strikes the perfect balance between action and talky-talk. And even better, the story, while definitely set up to allow for sequels, feels complete, so if I don't get around to reading the sequel, I still have this great story to recommend.
AND this book contains the best euphemism for sex -- or the "no-no cha-cha" as the character calls it -- I've ever read. I really need to figure out how to work that into everyday conversation.
A small side note. Why is it that the authors of nearly every book with some sort of lore (vampire, werewolf, etc) feels the need to rehash the basics of said lore, especially in exposition? I understand if you, author, are deviating significantly from the tradition (we don't burn up in the sun, we *sparkle*), the need for a little bit of 'splaining, or if a character who has heretofore had no experience with the supernatural to get a little 'splaining in the dialogue, but really, don't we all know by now that werewolves can't abide silver, fairies can't abide iron, vampires can't abide sunlight, etc. etc. etc. ad infinitum? Especially in exposition.
Now, McBride handled this sort of thing really well. Most of the info was passed along in dialogue, to Sam, who needed to know, and it didn't take me out of the story except as a "this is something I've seen a lot" sort of question. Kudos! When I write a book about supernatural folk and inevitably include the very thing I'm questioning, I hope I work it in as well as McBride has.
I feel like I want to create a reference book -- no, a spreadsheet!-- that will just list every supernatural being and their strengths, weaknesses, etc. Something you could print out and use as a bookmark. Hmmm. I feel a project coming on! As if I didn't need more excuses to avoid homework.