Monday, 10 December 2012

The Nine Lives of Chloe King by Liz Braswell

Title: The Nine Lives of Chloe King
Author: Liz Braswell
Series: The Nine Lives of Chloe King #1, #2, #3
Genre:Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Action 
Source: Kindle
Pages: 784- All books into 1
Rating: 1.5 stars

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Blurb: (via Goodreads)

Chloe King is a normal girl. She goes to class (most of the time), fights with her mom, and crushes on a boy... or two. But around her sixteenth birthday, Chloe finds that perhaps she isn’t so normal after all. There’s the heightened night vision, the super fast reflexes – oh, and the claws.

As she discovers who she is – and where she comes from – it is clear she is not alone. And someone is out to get her.

Chloe has nine lives. But will nine be enough?

My Review:
You know how movies and TV series tend to ruin a book series? Yeah, not in the case with Liz Braswell's "The Nine Lives of Chloe King". In fact, the series fixed all the major places the book lacked. The saddest part is that the author had everything going for her, a great plot, good potential for characters, an interesting title... and it was all ruined the second she put her fingers on the keyboard.

The absolute worst of the series was the lack of character development. The characters were very flat and superficial. Chloe's relationship with her friends, mother and love interests were under development and most the conflict was brushed of with a preteen "whatever" attitude. Places where the TV show had shown strong internal conflict, book Chloe showed none. She kind of just ran around like a chicken with her head cut off doing whatever seemed like a good idea at the time. I was really disappointed in the book, needless to say. 

Now I am not here to trash books. Five years ago, I probably would have found this book interesting, and if you are a younger audience I think you may actually like this book. But now having read a broader range of genres, authors and writing styles, and as I get older and my tastes tend to be more mature (with a dash of cliche teen romance every so often) I am able to pick out the bad from the greats. So as a more mature, advanced reader, I would give this book a 1.5 stars. As a younger, mid-teen audience member just looking for a book to read to pass the time... I say try it out and make your own judgements.

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