Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Book Review: Envy (Empty Coffin #1)


"Crime lives--and dies--in the deceptively picture-perfect town of Port Gamble (aka “Empty Coffin”), Washington. Evil lurks and strange things happen--and 15-year-olds Hayley and Taylor Ryan secretly use their wits and their telepathic “twin-sense” to uncover the truth about the town's victims and culprits.

Envy, the series debut, involves the mysterious death of the twins' old friend, Katelyn. Was it murder? Suicide? An accident? Hayley and Taylor are determined to find out--and as they investigate, they stumble upon a dark truth that is far more disturbing than they ever could have imagined."

I picked this book up having initially been drawn to its cover. I guess that says a lot about me, but whatever. The cover looked intriguing and like something that would usually peek my interest. The book was also marked down from the original list price since the book store I purchased it from was closing. :( So I had nothing to lose, right?


Lately it's like I've been living in the twilight zone. I pick up a book that looks interesting, read the synopsis on the back then a few pages in the first chapter. Seems pretty fool proof. Not so. I have been cursed to have the unfortunate opportunity of reading books I just couldn't get into over and over and over again. Unfortunately, the first book in Greg Olsen's Empty Coffin series was another one of those books.

I am not sure if it was because of the hard to understand "tween" writing or the over-the-top descriptions of scenes and characters' actions but I never could get into this series. I actually got half way through and just gave up. Something I swore I would never do.

Do teenagers really think and act this way? I was a teenager once (forever ago...) and I know for a fact I ever acted the way the kids in this book do. The poor grammar and the speech habits. Does this really happen?

Another issue I had with the book was that it just felt like it was never a cohesive piece. I was trying to keep track of too many events and storylines. Maybe everything is resolved by the end but it was overwhelming. Waaay too many things happen in one book. Some of which would have better suited to future novels since this is a series.

Sadly, the book was abandoned...

I did appreciate that the author focused an entire series on cyberbullying though. It's a huge problem that hasn't been addressed nearly enough. As a sidenote - I really, really liked the cover.

Rating: 2/5
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