[TW: Mention of rape]
A pretty short review this time because with the amounts of notes I made I could have either have a condensed less-than-500 word review or a lengthy 5000 word review and I chose to be kind to anybody reading this.
This is the second time I’ve read this book and I can remember loving it the first time, but this time… I’m not sure how I feel about it? It certainly took me a while to read but that was more to do with personal things than the book itself.
Did I enjoy this book? Not as much as I did when I first read it.
Lyra regularly calls Zack a stalker, but that’s apparently okay because she uses the words “…to-die-for-gorgeous paranormal stalker.” When is this trend of ‘yes he’s stalking me but because he’s attractive’ going to end? It sends out an unhealthy message for young women.
Her friends Maya seemed totally useless. When Lyra tells her about seeing ghosts and Zack, Maya’s reply is “But he is cute?” because that’s the most important part of what is happening! Lyra’s other friend Helen seems more reasonable. Not that either of them matter because Lyra soon pushes them away to spend all her time with Zack.
There was a lot of telling instead of showing, especially in the way things were just dropped onto the reader and then just barely referenced again. Lyra says she can see ghosts with no build up. Then there’s what I presume is meant to be a bombshell of Lyra’s ex having raped her in the past and gave her chlamydia, but this is maybe mentioned twice later and the only consequence is that she can’t have children, which she admits she doesn’t want anyway.
After a certain point my eyes started to glaze over at all the science stuff. It was obviously well researched, which is why I bumped it up to three stars, but I think it could have been better explained.
I won’t spoil the ending but I do feel let down. I think it was a slight cop-out.
In conclusion, I don’t dislike the book as much as I disliked The Girls but I can’t say that I would read it again either.