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posted by 3334965 on July 8, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Messy and Confusing.
Never has a book confused me so much from beginning to end in a way that I can't even properly begin to explain the plot of the book. The entire time I was reading it I felt like the book was a mixture of five different stories rolled into one and horribly forced to try to work together to come up with a creative masterpiece not seen in other YA novels. It is quite obvious that Peery is very passionate about different topics, but I think she needed to hone those passions a little better and be more selective in which ones she wanted to bring to "PineLight."
The protagonist, Clarabella, goes from being a regular teenager whose memory was erased to one dealing with vampires, angels, pirates, the devil, God, etc. I genuinely felt like every couple of chapters I was reading an entirely new book that made absolutely no sense. Peery was all over the place! There were also countless Biblical references throughout the novel that didn't mesh well with the plot and just came off as awkward more than anything. Especially at the end with her "climactic" battle where her faith was the answer all along. Also, the book is pegged as a love story, but not until the last few chapters does that really come into play. Even then, once we find out about the love story, it doesn't really have much of an affect on the reader and can easily be brushed off as another one of Peery's ramblings.
Numerous characters were also introduced, but Peery did a terrible job of getting the reader to truly connect with them -- no real emotion was ever felt when something happened to them. I was left wanting to know more about everyone and how crucial they were to the plot. I personally didn't even like Clara all that much and found myself rooting against her. Also, it was a bit fishy to me that the protagonist was named Clarabella and one of her suitors Edmund -- hmm, ring a bell to anyone else? The entire flow of "PineLight" was awful and I never connected with the story. This was by far one of the most painful things I've ever had to read and am still confused as to what the heck I read. I have no plans to continue with Clara's story and would recommend others to do the same.
posted by Mardiohn on February 15, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 10, 2011
Hard to follow, but got better.
The first 60 pages I just could not get into and was hard to follow, but once you got past the first half of the book it was much easier to follow. I actually began to get into the story and it turned out pretty good. I sure would have liked to see more of my questions answered though.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.