This week I read Peach Cobbler Murder by Joanne Fluke and attempted to read Halo by Alexandra Adornetto while I was waiting for Cherry Cheesecake Murder to come in the mail (they didn’t offer it as a digital loan, argh). I ordered Halo from the library because it’s a NY times bestseller for teens and has the absolute perfect YA book cover ever. A beautiful beautiful cover, masterfully made for its target audience. Although my lovely sister has more expertize in cover art, so I really wanted to show her this to get her opinion.
Anyway, the book came and the cover was just as lovely in my hands as on the bookshelf but…argh, I just couldn’t get into the book. Now from the onset I could tell that this book was not going to be a scripturally sound treatise on angels and their dealings with man, but I was willing to suspend my disbelief for a great story and just enjoy the ride. I couldn’t do it. This was Twilignt with angels…but the vampires seemed more sympathetic at times. Perhaps things will get better when the bad guys come into the picture, but right now I’m having a hard time watching the protagonist get all snotty with archangel Gabriel about staying out late, try to hide the fact that she doesn’t have a belly button from everyone in PE, and figure out that yes…if one drinks the green stuff at parties you will indeed get drunk. Perhaps it is just the whole angel thing that is ruining it for me, maybe if she was just a girl forbidden from loving a boy, I would be ok. I’m going to try and resist reading Key Lime Pie Murder and finish the book so that I can get back to you. But what I learned this week…make your characters sympathetic.
It’s Frappuccino Thursday