This was one of my picks for the Halloween Read-A-Thon, and…well, I’m really disappointed in it. Sadly, I DNFed it at page 136 of 293. I spent an inordinate amount of time on those pages…I think overall it’s just not my style of book or writing.
I couldn’t do it. I was almost halfway and was just draaaaagging myself into it every evening last week. I felt like I was back in college reading a book I had absolutely no interest in finishing. I can’t even really say anything bad about the writing – hence the 2 star rating even for a DNF. He has a great sense of description and he set the atmosphere…but he jumped around a lot. I was confused, not scared. I kept flipping back pages, trying to see what I missed. I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters. I didn’t give a damn about a single one of them. There were crazy, bad things happening, but there was no rhyme or reason behind WHY they were happening…just these two boys, and one was born right before Halloween and one right after and now this weird – really weird – carnival…why? I can think of 50 different ways to write a better Halloween story. I really wish I didn’t feel this way, because the beginning of the book made me feel like there was going to be SO MUCH AWESOMENESS.
Bummed, because I really wanted to like this story, but I don’t have enough hours in my days to force myself to finish books that haven’t kept my interest halfway through.