Saturday, December 15, 2012

Review: Reckoning by Molly M. Hall

Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy
Title: Reckoning (Dark Prophecy #1)
Author: Molly M. Hall
Date Published: 10/2/12

 "They say the truth can set you free. I found out it can kill you."

Seventeen-year-old Kat Matheson has never revealed the dark secret that sets her apart from everyone else: She can see and hear the dead. Until now, she has been able to ignore the strange apparitions and whispering voices. But it may not be that simple anymore. Haunted by eerie visions and increasingly frightening nightmares, Kat begins to fear she may be the target of a dark and ominous force from beyond the grave. Complicating matters is the arrival of her new neighbor, a young man she instinctively distrusts but is inexplicably drawn to. Gorgeous and mysterious, he seems to hold a disturbing knowledge of her long-held secrets.

As she desperately tries to maintain control, events take an unexpected and violent turn. Discovering that nothing is what it seems and that her psychic abilities may involve far more than just communing with the dead, Kat may be forced to confront her worst fears and the powerful curse that controls her destiny.

The story began mysterious as ever. I totally pictured the evil, dark, mysterious guy and Melinda from Ghost Whisperer. (I had a sudden nostalgia).

The first chapter started out creeping me out (in a good way). The writing was vivid, so much so that my sympathetic nervous system was firing like crazy. I was imagining Slender. 

If you don't know Slender, watch the video below. Warning...IT IS SCARY!

Kat - Boring <---I really can't say much about her. She is just so typical that I can lose her in the sea of YA main girl characters.

Rachel - overly happy, fangirling type of girl. Like this:

Rick - Again, very typical YA male character. You know that gorgeous guy at school who has actually liked the main girl? You found him? Yup, that one.

Lovell - Mysterious boy who comes to town and intertwine his life into the main girl's? Heard that one before, next.

Plot + Rant:
What I don't like and don't get is that why does most YA urban fantasy writers write in a beautiful, bubbly character in their novel as the main character's best friend. It is so repetitive and boring! I find Kat and Rachel a bit like Nora and her best friend from what is that book? Oh, Hush, Hush. What else I don't get is that why is there always girl drama in most high school oriented books. I mean I guess without the drama it gets boring? But I just find that the stereotype of the gorgeous girl being a bitch is so overrated. Guess what I am trying to say is that I didn't enjoy the high school scenes in the book, in all books. It is so boring. Authors, personally I think if you can avoid the whole high school part, please do. I mean it serious takes more than 100 pages to get the story started and for things to get interesting. I mean I don't want to sound snobby and all but I really don't have the time for a book to take 100+ to introduce stuff. 

After the initial 100+ intro, the story was pretty good. Molly can really right intense scenes but those scenes don't come around enough for me. Which some what frustrates me since I know what Molly is capable of writing more epic things but she doesn't bring all the potential out. It is like teaching that one math student who thinks he sucks at math, therefore he doesn't even attempt to open his books *takes a deep breath* but he is probably smarter than you and no matter what you tell him he thinks you are lying. <---Personal experience.

I really think what can improve this book and series is that write more scary, awesome undead scenes.

Anyway I have to give this book a 2/5.

Random things I loved:
Kat's cat is called Alecto.
The cover is actually really pretty.

Random bits and pieces:
"With her short denim skirt, black leggings and black Uggs, multiple bracelets and choker necklaces, I can’t decide if she’s a remarkable trendsetter or a fashion question mark." (Okay, I say that is a fashion no-no).
"The glass doors to the cafeteria open, the sun’s reflection in the glass momentarily blinding me." (And this hot guy walks in...well, I totally thought of Twilight).

Molly Hall
Author Bio:
I’ve spent most of my life in Colorado and currently live just outside of Denver. I write my books on a laptop perched atop a rather creaky desk, surrounded by two crazy and loving cats. I love to travel and have visited 27 of the 50 states, as well as Canada, Ireland and England. And there are still a lot of places I want to go.
I spent entirely too many years in the gray dullness of the corporate world, imagining something more exciting as I punched numbers on a keyboard. During that time, I worked on a degree in English Literature, but never quite managed to complete it. Mostly because I was too busy reading and creating fantasy worlds in my head. It’s actually my love of reading and imagining that led me to take up writing full time. I thought I should finally give all the characters in my head a voice.
Music is a huge part of my life and plays a big role in the creation of my books. Although I listen to everything from Johann Sebastian Bach and Dvorak, to Glen Miller and Bobby Darin, to Rihanna and Nox Arcana, as well as movie and video game soundtracks, there are two bands whose music is practically my lifeblood: Daughtry and Linkin Park. I will listen to or see them live anytime, anywhere.
I’m a fan of British television, Doctor Who (favorite doctor? David Tennant. Let the debate begin!), The Vampire Diaries, Japanese anim√©, Ghost Hunters, MI-5 and Eureka. And anything featuring James McAvoy. And I probably would never be able to unwind without That 70′s Show.
When I’m not reading and writing, you'll probably find me listening to music, practicing yoga, working on my very inadequate French, playing piano, enjoying a lovely glass of red wine or champagne, or looking for inspiring landscapes to photograph.

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