Why does Jodie Lynn Anderson get such dang beautiful covers?! Honestly…my intense cover love for her books is phenomenal.
But onto the actual review shall we?
Hermione and I will be reviewing The Moment Collector. Because, why not?
A haunting mystery, romance in the vein of The Lovely Bones by New York Times bestselling author.
“The yard of this house is a graveyard of moments and everything left behind is a clue. And I am here to dig.”
There’s a ghost haunting 208 Water Street. She doesn’t know who she was, or why she’s still here. She does know that she is drawn to Maggie, the new girl in town, and her friends – beautiful, carefree Pauline and Liam, the boy who loves her.
But the ghost isn’t all that’s lurking in Gill Creek… Someone is killing young girls all across the county. Can the ghost keep these three friends safe? Or does she have another purpose?
I read this back in April.
(I know, early right? Sometimes I get a little excited.) It was my second JLA read of the week. (I devoured Tiger Lily that same week.) But since I adored Tiger Lily, I was a tiny bit disappointed with the flatness that was The Moment Collector.
What went wrong for me?
I was bored. I felt like this was Just Another YA Read, which is never a good feeling to have reading a book. Plus I really struggled placing this book’s genre! Is it paranormal? Contemporary? And why the HECK did it end that way?! (Okay, okay, breathing deeply…let’s try to be logical about this review, shall we?)
I have to admit: I DO love me some JLA characters.
The characters seem to be set up with just a breath and a wink. It’s brilliant! Our narrator is Maggie, who, as well as having a Typical Name, she can only be described as “nice”. At first I thought this was a huge failing for her, actually. I mean, “nice”? Shall we nap now, or later? But I actually appreciated Maggie after a while. She’s quiet and serious and polite. She LIKES to be polite! This was so refreshing. Maggie might not kick-butt with her attitude or actions, but the world needs NICE people.
Also: I’m hugely happy to have had Maggie’s parents (particularly her dad) be actually PEOPLE who actually CARED about their daughter. Plus her dad was hilarious! And Maggie was homeschooled! This didn’t even make her a socially awkward freak! It made her an intelligent and self-motivated human. Big points for homeschoolers.
But we need to talk about Liam and Pauline.
Their characters are excellently written of course, duh, but that’s not what I want to say. I firstly want to say: HOW COULD THEY. And then: BUT WHY. And, if we’re just going to go ahead and rant: TAKE IT ALL BACK AND GIVE ME A HAPPILY EVER AFTER OR I’LL POKE YOU WITH A STICK.
My basic opinion of Liam and Pauline was:
And writing? Kind of flat.
You know? The kind of writing where you get told a bunch of stuff and you yawn and you really DO feel like you’ve fallen into a sleepy town. I just wanted MORE to happen. Or anything to happen. I’m glad it was short, frankly, because only the last 15% actually perked my sleepy eyeballs.
There WERE murders, which is always a plus.
But wait! That sounded psychotic! Murders are BAD…I just mean, the missing girls and murders were the only interesting thing that happened. Sooo…awkward.
I can’t deny it: I basically snoozed through the entire book. But the ending really sent me reeling and I was impressed. I won’t tell you why. You have to read it and find out. It’s incredibly hard to star-rate these kind of books though. 2-star book? 4-star ending? This is hard.
Cait has a delicious blogging surprising coming up for you very very soon. Keep your eyes peeled, peoples. ALSO. Cait is editing again. Yes, she did just finish writing a book, but now she’s editing another one. Her brain is tired, thanks for asking. Currently she’s reading THE HOUSE OF NIGHT novellas and basically hating them. These things happen.