Ooh, I think I have to checkout these Kentucky cookbooks. Just found browsing over in my public library's ebooks (overdrive) and cleaning up some wishlists.
Female assassins are part of a secret organization to keep the the world safe from the ever present forces of evil. Sounds like an awesome hook, doesn't it? Initially I was somewhat intrigued by the title and the concept but wasn't that into it. But I kept hearing and reading hype about this book and I thought, why not?
Unfortunately I once again fell for really good marketing and the hype machine. The book is frenetic in its pace switching between characters, points in the history, action and more. It very much reminded me of films with a similar concept: total regular newbie gets dropped into this absurd world of secret agents, high tech gadgetry/seriously advanced technology, an incredible, encompassing evil threat that may destroy the world if the newbie doesn't join up, yadda yadda, etc.
This book is not quite like that (it's told through an omniscient third POV) but you get the idea. And unfortunately it sort of translate to that. There's a little too much going on. Yes I know the world is about to end and it's not a nice quaint tea party but the action seems to come at the price of character development. A slew of female assassins? Cool! Female main characters who are being manipulated by a couple of men? And also don't really get much character development? Not so cool.
This book needed a better editor to hack away at some of the action scenes, flesh out the characters a bit more and to check some of the author's impulses. It tries hard to seem cool and super spy/action heroes/heroines to save the world but it comes off as cutesy and tedious.
There is quite a bit of cussing in the book. Personally I really wasn't bothered by it (THE WORLD IS ENDING! WHO CARES?!?) but apparently a lot of reviewers were and if that's not your cup of tea consider yourself forewarned.
It sounded like a cool book. But like Bay movies (or others, he was just the first one I could think of), you might enjoy the ride but you probably won't remember much when you put the book down and wouldn't necessarily read it again. Borrowed from the library and that sounds about right.
An entertaining little read with an endearing protagonist. This read was for sheer enjoyment. Ellis used a supercute little pop quiz device to begin each chapter that actually proved really integral to the story.
I gave it four stars because the middle was a little soggy. A little too much time spent adulating each other. A little too much telling instead of showing. Kylie, the viewpoint character, told us at least 20 times how sexy Harrison looked. I guess I am in favor of painting the picture and letting the reader draw her own conclusions.
One other thing--though the book avoided (glossed over) any truly intimate scenes, Ellis' characters use the f-word liberally. Now, I am sure that this use is in character with a rough-and-tumble pro hockey player from Boston, but if that bothers you, you will be cringing a lot throughout.
But overall, lots of fun, and well written, too.