This book is a refreshing addition to the Young Adult genre, being in part a school story, a mystery, a paranormal tale and a romance. The story is skillfully told with some beautiful descriptions and the vaguely sinister atmosphere of the book builds as the plot unfolds, leaving the reader with more than a few chills down the spine. The gradual unfolding of the story is perfect. However, at the end, the reader is left feeling that the characters are actually back to square one, and there are many questions left unanswered, begging the question, is there a sequel? Also, the heroine's romantic gushing lines are effusive to say the least, maybe even a little nausia-inducing. Thankfully, they taper off as the novel progresses. Sappy lines aside, this is a beautifully written, original and thought-provoking novel and one definitely worthy of being re-read.
I picked up this book on a gamble and was caught instantly by the lively and discriptive style of writing. Need is both gripping and funny. Told from the point of view of the heroin, Zara, in the first person, this is the strongest narrative voice I've heard in a while. Perfectly written and perfectly narrated, Need is a must-read for lovers of the paranormal. A real gem!
Just finished listening to The Crusher.
Let's get the criticism out of the way. Some of the plot points are a little implausible.
On the plus side though, the main character, Finn Maguire, is likeable, tough and savvy. The characters are believable and the book has good pace. Suffice to say, that I've been taking every opportunity to listen to more of the story whilst walking my dogs, driving in the car and, sneakily, in my office.
I note from the biography that Niall Leonard writes for TV, which explains some the of graphic descriptions and settings. I think that this is a very "visual" book.
I'm writing this review as I've been looking for any more audio books by Niall Leonard or book 2 of Crushers life as the ending seems to be a set up for future volumes. Disappointed that, at the time of writing, there isn't one. But I'm prepared to wait.
I've thoroughly enjoyed Crusher. It's a good story, well told and very well read. I'll be looking for any other books read by Daniel Weyman.