Saturday, December 15, 2012

6 More Days Till It's The End Of The World: A Review from Cana at Place of Reads


She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…

My Review:

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is one dark, morbid, disturbing book that you might not be able to put down… Yep, it is one of those.  You get disturbed, creeped out, horrified, and saddened, but you can’t put it down because, DAMN IT, you want to see what is going to happen next!

Evie is such a scared, whiney, and possibly insane person.  The fact that she is being driving insane slowing with her visions and dreams, doesn’t make it easier.  Though, once the world ends, she kind of starts to snap out of it and grows a bit of a back bone (which was greatly appreciated… Spineless creatures tend to not survive the end of the world).  But, honestly, she is more na├»ve than a 5-year-old homeschooler. 

Jackson is kind of the anti-hero.  He does a lot of good things, but necessarily in the right way.  He lusts (and I think sometimes even loves) after Evie.  I did enjoy the fact that it was proven that just because it is the end of the world, it does not mean that the hormones stop working and that does add some interesting moments. 

Arthur is just plan creeptastic.  He obviously seems to have a mental disorder, and he seems to be a psychopath.  He truly is one of the things that seems to make this book so scary… Scarier than a bagman and the cannibals and slavers.  And it is all because you don’t know what he is going to do to Evie, but you know, whatever it is, it is going to be BAD.

I know that Matthew is the Fool, and that he is important, and that he is special… But I found that he gave me a BIGGER headache than he gave Evie!  Not my favorite character, and several times, I hoped that bagmen, slavers, cannibals or something would get him.  Never a good thing. 

I did enjoy the contract between Evie’s and Jackson’s worlds.  I think it shows that even after a disaster that the things like status, popularity, and even enemies and friendships don’t matter, because in the end you all need to come together and rely on each other to survive. 

The bagmen seem to be a cross between a vampire, a zombie and a slug.   They crave any liquid (and blood is a liquid), they have little to now brain function, and they are slimey… yuck!  They are frightening to read about, and you have got to wonder what kind of nightmare inspired them for Ms. Cole. 

I found the ideas of the tarot cards existing in real life interesting, but I wish that I had a visual (especially since I “read” this book as an audio book).  They were slightly confusing to me because I had little prior knowledge of the tarot cards.  I will say that meeting the actual different Tarot Card Archana was a bit surprising, and not always what I was expecting.  I guess that is always refreshing when an author can still surprise you. 

Definitely didn’t see some things coming until it happened.  It was full of shocks, twists, and surprises.  Definitely shocking at some moments. 

I was disappointed and sad at the ending.  I really wanted a better ending.  Better yet, I wanted a better ending for Jackson and Evie.  I really want them to make it. 

Overall, this is a good book.  Though this is a bit more of a mature YA due to some subject matter and events that happen.  Definitely recommend this book for a good read. 

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