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The Elephant of Surprise

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

    3.5 Stars from me! Ever started to read a book thinking that it

    3.5 Stars from me!

    Ever started to read a book thinking that it was about one thing and find out that it’s something completely different? This is that type of book for me by far. I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting with this book, but I sure wasn’t expecting a lesson in life!

    The Elephant of Surprise could have been about anything at all, but in the case of this book, I was surprised to learn about the Freegans. I didn’t know anything about them, yet I learned a lot about them in this story. I think that this book was more an educational type read than anything else.

    Sure there is the drama and romance that takes place with the typical teenagers’ hormones. Of course the breaking and entering that always takes place as well ;) Overall if you are looking to expand your horizons and learn about a different lifestyle, this is the book for you.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    I had really, really high hopes for this one. To steal a thought

    I had really, really high hopes for this one. To steal a thought from it, I wanted it to validate my existence by being awesome and making sticking with the series worth it. Instead it invalidated books 2 and 3 for me.

    Reading this book was very much like being kicked back to book 2, The Order of the Poison Oak, only without the cool burn survivor kids that tugged at your heart strings. When the story line with Wade showed up, I let out a groan and just had this sinking feeling it was going to be a Web situation (see book 2). At this point I have given up caring who Russel ends up with, because he sure as hell has no idea what he wants and he’s likely to fall in and out of love with anyone at any time.

    And then there’s Kevin Land. I was a big Kevin fan in book 1, even when he was a complete jerk. I liked him so much that I found the way things ended downright depressing. Book 2 featured no Kevin at all. Book 3 brought back Kevin, but a much changed one from what we saw in book 1, even if he still had the ability to distract Russel from absolutely everything in life. The Elephant of Surprise’s Kevin is the most disappointing Kevin of them all. He went from being an interesting guy, to being too nice. Too willing to sacrifice everything. I just didn’t root for him anymore.

    There is one upside to this book. Gunnar! I am actually surprised by how much I’ve come to like him in the last two books. He’s had an amazing character arc, going from what I consider the worst friend in the world, to being the only character I didn’t want to kick in the butt.

    I didn’t hate this book, as with the other books in the series, it reads easy and fast, and is amusing in places. I just didn’t love it either. Perhaps this series would have worked better for me if I had months/years between each book to dull my expectations, but I read it pretty much back to back. I don’t know if there are any more books planned, or if this wraps the series up, but I am personally walking away now.

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