Book Title: Undertow
Author: Michael Buckley
Narration: Jennifer Grace
Series: Undertow #1
Genre: Fantasy | Dystopian
Setting: Coney Island
Source: Audiobook (Library)
Main Characters: 4/5
Secondary Characters: 4/5
The Feels: 3.8/5
Theme or Tone: 4.3/5
Flow (Writing Style): 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building): 5/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Ending: 4.2/5 Cliffhanger: "to be continued"
Total: 4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+
This book started out fantastically for me, with its beautiful imagery and the totally unique world. It's like our present day world with a sort-of dystopian/apocalyptic feel to it. Then the insta-love (and I mean straight-up instant) and some teenage super-drama kind of brought it a little low for me. Despite that, it is a remarkably imaginative story.
⇝Will I continue this series?⇜ I'm actually torn because book 2 has lots of bad reviews, (even more teenage super-drama, supposedly) and Idk what I want to do with this series…I can't find the second book on audio unless I use one of my credits on Audible. I don't think I want to do that considering the reviews for it…but a part of me really w)ants to see where this goes. So yeah, I guess only time will tell.
Ohhhh...December! I had very good Christmas, and I hope you all did too. I even managed to read a few books. I'm having a difficult time reconciling the end of 2017. Not sure why that is??? I just can't believe the new year is here, already. On to my re-cap...
(Audiobook) The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka
Finish Date: 12/01
4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-
(Audiobook) Marrow by Tarryn Fisher
Finish Date: 12/08
4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-
(Kindle eBook) Undone by Wendy Higgins
Finish Date: 12/13
4.8/5 STARS - GRADE=A
(Audiobook) Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little
Finish Date: 12/14
3/5 STARS - GRADE=C
(Kindle eBook) The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott
Finish Date: 12/19
5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+
(eBook Novella) Down to the Liar by Mary Elizabeth
Finish Date: 12/20
(Audiobook) Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Finish Date: 12/20
3.7/5 STARS - GRADE=B
(Audiobook) RoomHate by Penelope Ward
Finish Date: 12/23
3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B
(Audiobook) Undertow by Michael Buckley
Finish Date: 12/29
4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+
(Netgalley eArc) Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy
Finish Date: 12/30
2.5/5 STARS - GRADE=D+
Plus 1 DNF...I just couldn't get into this.
11 BOOKS TOTAL
6 Audiobooks, 1 Novella, 2 eBooks, 1 DNF eBook and 1 Negalley eArc.
A great series with a rushed ending.
I really enjoyed tis YA series. The fresh look at merpeople and sea creatures was really cool and kept me coming back for more. The character details alone are worth the read. They are believable, functional, and awesome. Mr. Buckley has a wonderful imagination. He also developed some shameful characters that you just love to hate, really love to hate ! LOL
My problems with the book was the rushed pacing. Everything was happening at a semi regular paced then bam, bam, bam, we were at the end. The new characters just never got developed enough and they were so amazing. I loved Husk, he was just getting so interesting and then it ended with him not fully finished for me. I had the same issue with Fantom, why did he just disappear in the book ? It felt like there was a hole. I fell like these side characters need their own book I liked them better than the MCand we got too much of her and not enough of them.