Oy! April had a boatload of reviews in her drafts. So, so, sooooooo many. Enter Eclipsed! Mini Reviews (yes, with an exclamation point). Am I going to full nine miles with this moon/star/nighttime theme in the title? Yes. Yes I am. I’m not entirely sold yet so, hit me with your finest moon puns.
The writing is rough. The descriptions are bland and the word choice is plain and repetitive. I’m sorry, but since when is thin, but not too thin an acceptable description?? (hint: it’s not!)
And the dialogue. It is the equivalent of a stale cracker. There is no personality that shines through, everyone sounds the same. Is this supposed to make me like the characters the more because right now all I’m thinking is how terrible dull they are.
And don’t even get me started on the characters. America gives off major I’m-not-like-other-girls vibes and I am done with it. Girl, if you don’t SIT DOWN and stop hating on everyone. I guess we are supposed to like America, but no one except the love triangle trio are even remotely developed.
Cody’s lamenting about teendom* was hecka relatable until the 18th internal monologue about it. Luckily, it was toned down for the rest of the book.
The friend drama between Codi, Maritza, and JaKory was so petty. Honestly don’t even understand why they were friends to begin with, they all seemed to lowkey resent each other.
The connection between Rick and Codi was super cool. Watching them became friends was one of the best parts of the book. That and Codi and Lydia who were so freaking cute ahhh
*the amount of times I was autocorrected to tendon… I’m going to throw something arg
I am a big fan of McManus, but this was my least favorite of her books. The characters are what made One of Us is Lying so dynamic. I was hoping to see more of them in this book, but that was not the case. Instead we got a whole new batch of characters that I didn’t feel as invested in. They were all interesting enough, but didn’t live up to my expectations.
Everything felt so dramatic. It wasn’t necessarily bad, but it was a lot at once.
Alrighty then, that’s it for today! I didn’t have enough thoughts to combine into full blown reviews, so the mini reviews worked out pretty well. I have lot’s more notes just waiting to be turned into full sentences, so do let me know if mini reviews are a go!
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them??